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.