Question:

How can I reach someone Jewish who admits that Jesus is probably the Messiah but will not seriously consider it because he doesn’t want to lose his family? How do you proceed when a person claims to be open” to the truth but is overcome by the fear of being rejected by relatives or by the Jewish community?

Answer:

In Jewish evangelism, our staff is trained to ask a Jewish person one pointed question: “If I could prove to you that Yeshua is the Messiah and only Savior, would you be willing to accept Him regardless of the consequences?”

If the answer is a sincere yes, that person is well on the way to becoming a believer. If the answer is no, nothing anyone can do or say will be sufficient.

Only the Holy Spirit can convict and move an individual to want to follow God badly enough to risk everything else in life. Yet that is what real commitment to Jesus is. We say to Him, “Because You died to save me, I give You all that I am and all that I have.”

A person (Jew or Gentile) who has counted the cost of following Jesus and is unwilling to pay the price has made his or her choice. The only thing you can do in such a case is quote Scripture and pray that God will change that person’s heart.

Assure the individual that God wants and is able to care for all who make a commitment to Him. Remind the person that Yeshua gave up everything to come to earth as a human and die to purchase our eternal redemption. Can we do anything less for Him?

State the words of Jesus: “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me” (Matthew 10:37), “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:35-37).

State the words of King David, “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me” (Psalm 27:10).

Above all, keep on praying for that person who is unwilling to pay the price. Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). But with God, all things are possible. The Holy Spirit can melt hearts of stone and can change the heart of your Jewish friend.