If you’ve ever been presented with the opportunity to share with a Jewish friend concerning the Messiah-ship of Jesus of Nazareth, you may have been overwhelmed by what to do next. You may have been tempted to bail and tell yourself that God will always love His chosen people, no matter what. The Bible tells us that God promises to do just that, but there is no escaping the fact that He also tells us that the only way to the Father is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). This does not mean that the Jew must turn his back on his Jewishness; it means simply that in order to be saved from eternal damnation, he must accept Jesus (Yeshua) as Savior and Lord, the Son of God, the Messiah come to save the world.
Equally true is the fact that God may have chosen you to be the one who tells your Jewish acquaintance about Jesus. Will one of God’s own perish because you were not prepared to share your faith with him?
There are resources available that can better equip you to explain Jesus’ Sonship to someone of the Jewish faith. But the simple truth is this: the most effective way to share Jesus with a Jew is to use his own sacred writings. We suggest beginning with Isaiah Chapter 53.
Ask your Jewish friend to read that chapter out loud from his own Jewish Bible. He will be reading the story of the suffering Servant, maybe even for the very first time. Then pull out your own Christian Bible and read the third chapter of the Gospel of John in the New Testament. Explain to your friend how the story is written by a Jew and that Jesus was a Jew and is telling the Jewish Nicodemus how he can be saved. Written by a Jew about a Jew talking to a Jew about eternal salvation. Both scriptures contain God’s message especially for God’s chosen people. God is good and supplies whatever specific persons need in order to believe in Jesus as the promised Messiah.
For more information on equating Isaiah 53 to the story of Jesus’ life, check out http://www.Isaiah53.com on the web.