At Hanukkah, Dear Jewish Friend

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.” Micah 5:2

We’re meant to be family. I pray you can see, that the Jewish Teacher, Jesus, was from the Jewish family tree. Of the house and lineage of David–Jewish, like yourself; yet He was God and Messiah, not a name in a Book on a shelf.

Your Torah, too, speaks about the sacrifices, necessary for what a holy God saw as mankind’s vices. God’s people couldn’t come to the priest with righteousness of their own, but through the slaying of an unblemished animal, a cleansing was shown.

Your devotion to God is very commendable, yet your system of belief is not dependable…before the God of Israel’s holy face. You see, you must recognize the pure, sacrificial Lamb He sent in your place.

No, there won’t be a Messiah by any other name than the revealed Jesus Christ of worldwide fame. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. There’s no need to look for another Messiah to do what Jesus has already done.

P. A. Oltrogge

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17 NKJV

“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” Romans 1:16 NKJV

“Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and to great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said would come—that the Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.” Acts 26:22-23 NKJV

“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.'” John 8:12 NKJV

“But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.” Ephesians 2:13-16 NASB

“(The Lamb of God) The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!'” John 1:29 NKJV

“In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.

“God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

“He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”

John 1:1-14 NLT

“So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.” Luke 2:3-5 NKJV (Mary and Joseph, of course, were both God-designated choices.)

You may want to consider the following books from http://www.christianbook.com

The books: Jesus’ Family Tree by Rose Publishing and Essential Guide to the Genealogy of Jesus, also by Rose Publishing and Extraordinary Grace: How the Unlikely Lineage of Jesus Reveals God’s Amazing Love by Gary Chapman and Chris Fabry

Also, the book, They Thought for Themselves, by Sid Roth and other of his books, are available at http://www.christianbook.com or through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.

This book tells the stories of ten people from a Jewish background who came to faith in Jesus as the Messiah. Each of them dared to confront the prophecies of the Old Testament prophets and found them to be true. Their stories will inspire you to follow Jesus, Yeshua, our Messiah, into your destiny.

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