There’s a long list of historical and cultural circumstances (many of them very painful) that have obscured what would otherwise be a rather obvious fact: You can be Jewish and be a follower of Jesus. As people of Jewish heritage and diverse Jewish upbringings, we’ve all had to learn this truth about Jesus for ourselves in various ways. No two journeys are alike. But if you want to understand it for yourself, below you’ll find some of our personal experiences and some of the key things to consider. 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.
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?
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.”
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 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.
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.