Hey friends! Here’s a guest blog from my hubby. I hope you will read what’s on his heart!
Hello. This is Connie’s husband Michael. I asked my sweet wife if she would let me write a Post-It note and share about something that God has placed on my heart. She graciously agreed (I love that woman!).
A younger man from my church and I are getting ready to join believers from around the world in Israel later this summer. For ten days we will share with the people of Israel the wonderful news that it was the Jewish Messiah that changed our lives and gave us each a new heart.
Here are some reasons why I believe the salvation of Israel should be important to every believer:
First, the Jews are Jesus’ own people. He was born from the womb of a Jewish woman, all His disciples were Jewish and He performed the vast majority of His ministry to the Jews.
Second, God is not done with the Jewish people. How do I know that? Because He made unconditional promises to Abraham that have not yet been fulfilled. If we cannot count on God to keep His promises to the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob than why should we think He will be true to His promises to us the spiritual descendants of Abraham? We are confident that He is a promise keeping God!
Third, the time is now. There is a greater willingness to hear about Yeshua (Hebrew for Jesus) than in the past nearly 2,000 years. Of course the gospel was first proclaimed in the land of Israel and the church was birthed among the Jewish people but by the time a few generations had come and gone most Jews had rejected their own Messiah. But that is beginning to change! Yes, we will face opposition from some (as we would anywhere) but unlike most countries in the Middle East a person can legally share their faith in Israel.
Fourth, if we care about the return of Jesus then we should care about the salvation of Israel because Jesus said He would not return until the people of Jerusalem welcome Him back. Consider the words of Jesus as found in Matthew 23:39 “For I tell you this, you will never see me again until you say, ‘Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!” When we start seeing Jews come to Yeshua the Messiah in large numbers then look up because “your redemption draweth nigh.” Just twenty years ago it was only a trickle of Jewish people coming to the Messiah. It is now turning into a stream. Before long it will become a raging river!
We live in the most exciting time in history. Never before in the history of mankind has an exiled people returned to the exact place where they had lived and renewed their national existence and revived a language that was thought to be dead (yes, I am starting to learn some Hebrew). We are truly witnessing a miracle in the making. God is beginning to do something extraordinary.
I would love to ask you to pray for a few things:
First, that God would give me a holy boldness so that I will be able to say as Paul did “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”
Second, that the God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills (He still does, right?) would provide everything that is needed for this journey to Israel. He knows the cost of a plane ticket and other related
expenses and He knows that many small miracles are needed between now and when the pilot tells Bob and I to fasten our seatbelts (estimated to be July 27th).
Third, that the Lord of the Harvest would give the evangelism team many encounters with people who are ready to receive the seed of the gospel and have it planted in their heart. I have no illusions that this will easy. I know we are engaging in spiritual warfare. I do not expect to go and through persuasive arguments win citizens of Israel to Yeshua the Messiah. It will only be through tears and prayers that spiritual victories will be won.
Fourth, just pray. Pray because eternal destinies are at stake.