Ispend a lot of time reading and answering posted messages about Jews believing in Jesus on [e-mail] bulletin boards. If nothing else, these bulletin boards show how many Jewish people think. For example, one woman stated, as part of a long chain of discussion, I am very curious, as are others I’m sure, why a Jew would decide to believe in Jesus as the Messiah when the majority of Jews don’t.”
I posted my answer on the bulletin board is as follows:
You are overlooking the obvious: since when is truth determined by majority vote? Jesus doesn’t come into existence because anyone believes He did. He is because He is. He is the self-existent one who told Moses our teacher “I am that I am.” Truth is not determined by a consensus of any group of people. The Almighty One determines what is true.
I was born a Jew and I will die a Jew, but that does not mean that Jesus isn’t true. Those of us who are Messianic Jews are a minority of a minority. When the majority say that Yeshua (Jesus) isn’t the Messiah, we dissent. When we declare Jesus to be the Truth, we are dissenting from the majority. For that reason we are made outcasts and reviled. You can see that happening on this bulletin board.
If you knew something to be true, would you deny it to get along with others? Our attitude toward our fellow Jews who don’t believe in Jesus is this: If they knew what we knew, they would want to believe it, too. We can be patient with them because one of the fruits of the spirit Jesus cultivated in us is patience.
You see, Veta presumes what most Jews and many Gentiles accept as the basis for religion—mere opinions. To them there is no absolute truth. They may say that something becomes “true to you because you believe it.” But with Jewish people, religion as an opinion presents a particular problem because loyalty to one’s people dictates that one subscribe to the opinion of the majority. To many, there is no issue of who Jesus is, but simply a matter of who Jews think He is versus who Christians think He is. And if one does not think as the majority of Jews think, one is seen as disloyal, even traitorous to the Jewish people.
I did not expect Veta to deal with my answer to her question and she did not. When confronted with the patent injustice with which we are treated for our dissent, she could not deny or justify it. I understand this very well from my own experience.
The turning point for me in coming to faith in Yeshua was my own antagonism and resentment. I claimed I didn’t believe that Jesus was real and I couldn’t understand my own anger. After all, I wasn’t angry over Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy, all of whom were obviously not real. Yet I was enraged when Christians insisted that Jesus is alive.
When I examined my anger I discovered that it sprang from frustration. I found that part of me thought Jesus just might be true and I knew I couldn’t let myself believe that. Until that moment I never knew what I now realize—to me, the issue had never been who Jesus was but rather who we, Jews, were. Once I decided that it wasn’t about us but about who He really was, I dropped the barriers and faith flooded in.