Sunday, December 18, 2011

What is a Jew?

Recently my daughter's mother in law spoke to me. I love to hear from her as I live so far away and she updates me on little things about our mutual grand daughter. Little Olivia is now in the first grade. She is quite inquisitive and has begun to ask questions about 'What does it mean to be Jewish? Am I a Jew?'

“Dear Olivia,
No precious one, as far as I know we do not have Jewish blood ties. Our family is American Indian, French, English, Scottish, Irish and a few other nationalities. A Jewish person's family comes from the nation of Israel.

However, in answer to your question I will have to back to the beginning. In the beginning there was God. He created every living thing that you see. Trees, plants, animals, and people. The first man was named Adam and the first woman was Eve.

Years later, there was a man named Jacob. Jacob spent an entire night wrestling with God. The next day, God renamed him Israel. Jacob had 12 sons, and that is how the Jewish nation began. Now it is Christmas and you hear about the baby Jesus in the Christmas story. Jesus was a Jew, from the tribe of Judah. Judah was one of Jacob's sons.

So you see, the Christmas story is all about Jesus..and He was born of a virgin into a Jewish family....”'

During this busy Christmas season I challenge parents to start telling their children the real story of Christmas. There are so many children's books that you can use. You need not worry if you make a mistake. However, make no mistake about explaining that Jesus was from the tribe of Judah.

We must never forget that Israel is God's chosen people. The Lord Jesus who was born in that manger grew to be a man. He died on a cross to be the sacrifice for our sins that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.  He gave his life for you and me.  No one killed him.  Heaven is a perfect place and if we stayed with our sins, we would ruin it. Only those who trust in the Lord and accept Him as Savior can go to heaven. Remember, if we believe we will also obey. The joy of Christmas rose from the dead and is alive today.

I pray more children will start to ask questions as Olivia did...and remember this; pray for the peace of Israel every day! For a true Christian will always love the Jewish people of Israel.

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