Shalom in His peace. There are many reasons why we might not enjoy peace in today’s world. Wars, viruses, political tensions, and the economy are just a few of the reasons why we find peace elusive. Then, we all have personal challenges of health, family, jobs, and personal finances. We also see our culture moving further and further away from the values and norms that please the Lord.
But you know the good news! The peace in our soul does not depend upon our circumstances; it has its roots in the presence of the Messiah.
I am grateful for His Shalom today, and I hope you are, as well.
Where Was God?
I continue to ask myself how God could allow this to happen to His chosen people. I still find this question impossible to answer. I must trust that the God who created and called the Jewish people is loving and just. The Holocaust will always challenge my faith, but at least I know that Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, understands unjust suffering better than I ever will! And He loved and trusted His heavenly father, as do I.
The horror we should experience, along with the lessons we might learn from the tragedy, is essential for believers in Jesus to understand for a variety of reasons. Jesus, of course, was Jewish, as were all the writers of the New Testament, except for Luke. Christians love the Old Testament and recognize this ancient tome as the Word of God, and of course, the Old Testament is the story of the Jewish people, written by Jewish people. Gentile believers in Jesus are grafted into the rich root of the olive tree and share in the nourishment of the Abrahamic root, a reference to the covenant God made with Abraham (Romans 11:17–24). And, as Jesus said so plainly in John 4:22, “You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.”
I like to tell my Jewish family and friends that true Christians love the Jewish people and consider themselves “covenant cousins.” There is a somewhat mysterious and close relationship between born-again believers and the Jewish people that is hard to explain, but true. Thank God for the many ways Jesus-followers show love and grace to their Jewish friends and neighbors and especially for the prayers offered for the peace of Jerusalem that is desperately needed today.
We are Partners in the Gospel
It is so important to me and the Chosen People Ministries staff family that you partner with us in sharing the gospel with Jewish people. We want to encourage you to love the Jewish people and to share His love through the Messiah Jesus with your friends and family. Your Mission to the Jewish People wants to help you by providing some excellent resources.
Please take a look at our web site, www.chosenpeople.com, as there are some great tools and practical information that can be used to understand the Jewish people better and will equip you to present Jesus lovingly and sensitively to the Jewish people in your life.
And please join me in praying for the many elderly Holocaust survivors alive today in Israel and other places and with whom we are sharing the gospel day in and day out!
You can help through your prayers and support in this urgent task— there is not a lot of time left for these precious Jewish people. There is some essential information that will enable you to join us in observing Holocaust Remembrance Day in the rest of the newsletter, and I hope and pray that you will find it helpful!
Yours in the name of the One who will wipe away every tear!
Dr. Mitch Glaser
Help us reach out to more Holocaust survivors before it is too late.
These Holocaust survivors are now passing away at the rate of about 30,000 per year, and we cannot wait one more moment to present the Good News of eternal deliverance to these precious people.