Day 3 (Nov 11)- Jews don’t need to be converted, we do!!!
History: A monumental shift in Christianity occurred when the Roman Emperor Constantine believed in Jesus after 300 AD. As Christianity began to ascend as the major religion of the Roman Empire, Jews who wanted to voluntarily believe in Jesus as Messiah were forced to renounce all forms and practices of their Jewish faith and culture. In other words, they had to stop being Jews.
History is full of examples where the Catholic Church and whole countries such as Spain, Portugal, Russia, Germany and many parts of Europe forced Jews to renounce Judaism and convert to Catholicism which was the main expression of Christianity or be killed or expelled. Search Pogrom for more info.
Jews Don’t Need to Be Converted: Jesus did not come to start a new religion. He came to fulfill all the Law and the Prophets (Matt. 5:17). Jews that believe Jesus is the Messiah must continue to be Jews. They continue to be obedient to Torah and observe all the Biblical Feasts, Shabbat, and commands of God throughout the whole Bible knowing that Yeshua is the fulfillment of them all.
We Need to Be Converted: Our Bible is a Jewish book, written by Jewish authors, about a Jewish Messiah. We Gentiles are not Jewish, and God does not want us to be Jewish. We are from the nations. We are not God’s Chosen People Israel, but God made a way for us to join His family (Romans 11). We did not know Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob. We had to be taught, and we had to be converted to this Jewish God through the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua. The nations must be converted (Matt 28). I converted to the Jewish Messiah when I was a boy, and it has changed the whole course of my life.
Challenge: Pictured is our friend and Messianic Jewish Pastor in Israel. He did not convert to Catholicism or Christianity. He believes Jesus is the Messiah, and he continues to maintain all his Jewish heritage, Torah observances, and practices. I challenge you today to read Romans 11 carefully and discover for yourself this Jewish book and Jewish Messiah.