Having Jews for Jesus speak at your church provides a great opportunity to invite your Jewish friends to come and hear the gospel in a Jewish way. I get excited and encouraged when I see God use our presentations to touch Jewish hearts. Recently I had a joyous experience after speaking about Christ in the Passover” in a California church.
After the service, a woman asked me for some literature that would be appropriate give to a Jewish person. “Oh, do you know someone Jewish?” I asked, and handed her a copy of our publication, ISSUES.
“Yes,” she answered, “him,” and indicated the man standing beside her.
I introduced myself to her friend, whose name was Paul. When I asked if he believed in Jesus, he responded, “I don’t know, but I’d like to know how to believe in Him.” I offered to speak privately with him and Paul told me how he’d come to this church a few times with a friend of his. When he heard that Jews for Jesus were coming he didn’t want to miss it.
Paul admitted that the only thing that was keeping him from declaring faith in Jesus was the difficulty he had in saying the name. I could sympathize because that was exactly how I felt years ago when I was first coming to believe in Jesus. For many Jewish people, the only time we hear the name of Jesus is when someone stubs a toe…or when someone accuses us of having killed Him. Either way, no matter what we feel about the person of Christ, it takes a while before we can associate the word with love and forgiveness and worship.
Paul was glad to hear that I’d been through the exact same thing he was experiencing. I explained that whether it’s easy or difficult to say His name, the real issue is whether you believe that Jesus died for your sins and was raised from the dead. Paul assured me that he had no problem with that at all. When I asked if he’d like to accept Jesus as his Savior, he said he would, but didn’t know how. So we held hands and he followed me in a simple prayer of repentance. With a big smile on his face, he went and told his friend what he had done.
We thank God for Christians who are bold enough to invite Jewish friends to church, and for churches who invite Jews for Jesus to be in the right place at the right time.