Joseph, a leader in our Brooklyn congregation, has been taking a class at Brooklyn College called Messianic Movements in Jewish History. On the first day of class he identified himself as a Christian and the teacher asked him to present “Jesus as Messiah, particularly stressing His historical Jewish context in first century Israel.” The teacher also asked Joseph to share key texts “regarding this matter found in the New Testament.”
Knowing that almost every student in the class was Jewish, Joseph used the Old Testament to demonstrate Jesus as Messiah. He made copies for every student of a commentary showing agreement between the early rabbis and Christians in the interpretation of key Messianic prophecies. One included Isaiah 53, the clearest picture of the atoning work of Jesus on the cross, and another showed that the Messiah would come and be “cut off” before the destruction of the Second Temple, the very same year that Jesus was crucified (Daniel 9)!
Please pray for the seeds that were planted among the
25 students in Joseph’s class, most of whom are religious Jewish kids.