“For I am not ashamed of the gospel [of Jesus Christ], for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).
The above statement was made by the apostle Paul, a Jewish believer in Jesus Christ. Jews and Christians share much in common: the Jewish Bible is somewhat similar to the Christian Old Testament; Jews and Christians both revere patriarchs and prophets like Abraham, Jacob, David, and Isaiah; and Jews and Christians typically have a love and concern for Israel and her people.
But it is on the all-important question of “Who is Jesus Christ?” that Jews and Christians diverge. Jews do not consider Jesus Christ to be who He claimed and was prophesied to be — their promised Messiah — while Christians worship Him for who He said He is — the Son of God and Savior of Man.
Is there sound reason and evidence for making the case to Jews that Jesus Christ is their Messiah? Or, as some say, can Jews be right with God without Christ because they are “God’s chosen people”? And does a Jew have to discard his/her ethnicity and become a “Gentile-like Christian” to be a follower of Jesus?
Jonathan Bernis, a “Messianic rabbi” (a Jewish believer in Christ) and president of Jewish Voice Ministries, will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to answer these questions and to discuss his new book, “A Rabbi Looks at Jesus of Nazareth”. If you are Jewish or have a friend who is, this program is for you!