Interesting News to Readers and Writers and Folks Who Are Believers!

At church yesterday I met a fellow believer in Christ – aka Y’eshua, aka Jesus, aka the Messiah – who is an Israeli. I was like, wow. “Do you know how rare that is?” He said he’d been a believer in Christ for eighteen years.

I smiled and told him we just got a new Jewish minister in our congregation who is also a believer in Christ. His name is John Markowsky and his sermons, especially the ones helping us understand the Jewish background of both the new and old testament, are neat. Yea, just wanted to say that. Y’eshua rocks.

Anyway, whenever I hear of people of the Jewish faith coming to believe in Christ, I am reminded of what Paul, who used to be Saul of Tarsus and was himself Jewish, wrote about in Philippians 3:5-9:

“I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault.

I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ.[a] For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.”


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