You can be Jewish and be for Jesus

There’s a long list of historical circumstances (many very painful) that have obscured this rather obvious fact. As Jewish people of diverse upbringings, we’ve all had to learn this truth for ourselves in various ways. Here are some of our experiences and key points to consider.

We had our doubts.

Why not

Billions of people from all over the world have experienced the love of the God of Israel as followers of Messiah Jesus.

But as Jewish people, we’ve heard that Jesus isn’t supposed to be for us—or that to follow him we’d have to abandon our Jewish heritage and identity.

But should we allow the history of antisemitism or the opinions of ancient rabbis keep us from investigating the New Testament—what Jesus’s first Jewish followers wrote and believed about him?

We looked in the book.

Jesus is
One of Us

As the New Testament reveals page after page, Jesus was a Jewish person through and through.

• He had a Jewish family tree
• His parents named him Yeshua, “salvation”
• He was called “rabbi”
• He taught the Hebrew Scriptures
• He celebrated Hanukkah, Passover, and Sukkot
• All of his first followers were Jewish

The list goes on! In fact, the word Christian literally means “follower of the Messiah.”

Our lives were changed.

The Journey is Worth It

We know personally that it’s possible to remain true to our Jewish heritage while following Jesus as our Messiah.

At times, it’s not easy. But we are here to tell you that this journey is worth it.

You are chosen to know the King of the Universe and to be a light that leads others to find Him. That is the calling that God gave to all of Abraham’s descendants. Shouldn’t we follow wherever He leads us?

Aden Friedman’s Story

Aden was raised in a devout Frum Orthodox household. In fact, he said he could never imagine a life in which he wasn’t Frum. Yet he didn’t see his religious practices influencing his character—he lived a double life until he met Yeshua.

How can we support you?

If you are Jewish and interested in Jesus, we have staff around the world who are available to answer any questions you may have. Reach out to us here, and we’ll connect you with the right staff person.