“Completed Jew”? Does that make every other Jew incomplete?
When the phrase “Completed Jew” is used, it’s used in the sense of “completed faith” – Unlike in other religions or heritage, when a Jew comes to faith in the Jewish Messiah, it is not a “conversion”, but a COMPLETION OF FAITH . Since Jesus was Jewish and came to the Jewish people to be their Messiah, There is nothing more Jewish, a Jewish person can do than to follow Him. Believing and following the Jewish Messiah, YESHUA, is a completion of faith for the Jew.
Is Jesus is the only way to God? Some people wants everyone to agree that there are many ways to God and for them to respect that, but the ones who don’t agree with them are “disrespectful”. So who is really disrespectful here? Isn’t it true that people like that are being disrespectful to Christianity as a whole by resenting their belief that Yeshua, Jesus is the only way to God?
As for the question if there are many ways to God or only one way – Two things that contradicts each other cannot both be true. There is either one way or many ways to God – There is only one answer to this that is the ultimate truth. For a believer in Yeshua, the Bible is The Word of God – The Word of the creator and the designer of it all – The one who really “runs the show”. If He said there is one way to get to Him (and He did…) – I, as a believer, trust His Word! Besides, where did the idea of many ways to God come from??? Could it be from our need to “control” our lives, control the universe, feel that we are in-charge, that we “run the show” ? Could it be from our ancient resistant to God’s Word??? Could it be because of our sinful nature?
Yeshua said he is the ONLY way to God (John 3:16) and I choose to believe Him, as I choose to believe the rest of God’s Word. This life time is the only chance we have to make the right choices. What do you choose?
Actually, in the New Testament you will find that Jesus did refer to Himself as the Jewish Messiah and that He did say he was the Messiah. Here are a few quotes:
“The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ); when he comes, he will show us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.” ( John 4:25-26)
“Jesus answered, “My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world.” ( John 18:36)
“But he was silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” And Jesus said, “I am; and you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven. And the high priest tore his garments, and said, “Why do we still need witnesses? You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” ( Mark 14:61-64)
“Pilate said to Him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.” ( John 18:37)
“So the Jews gathered around Him and said to Him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness to me.” ( John 10:24-25)(Christ = Messiah)
What about those who feel they connect to God through other ways – Not through Jesus?
What about people who has spiritual experiences and realizations through other ways like Buddhism for example?
Satan is real and he is behind any thing that is not from God. He will do any thing to separate us from God and to prevent us from having a relationship with the ONE TRUE God – ESPECIALLY with the Jews.
Buddhism teaches that one can “do it” on their own. That we don’t need God. It also teaches that there is no absolute creator God!
Any teachings that contradicts The Word of God IS A FALSE teaching and should be avoided if one wants to have a real relationship with God. God warned us many times in HIS Word from all these false teachers that will come as time goes by (and yes, like Buddha).
There is ONLY ONE WAY TO GOD and it is ONLY THROUGH JESUS -YESHUAHA’MASHIACH!
My name is Ayelet which is Hebrew for the “Doe of the Dawn” (Psalm 22:1). I am Jewish, was born and raised in Israel and like the majority of people in Israel, my family was not religious.
Since I was a kid I had a sense of what I used to call “the Inner voice”. I believed that was God’s attempts to communicate with me. I used this “inner guide” often in my life but many times I completely ignored it. It did not provide a way for me to communicate with God. Although I always believed in the existence of God, praying was something for the Jewish orthodox not for me. I never really prayed and never really knew how to communicate with God.
Growing up in Israel, Jesus is not someone people are encouraged to learn about…to the contrary! It is considered a sin or betrayal in the Jewish people to have anything to do with Jesus. Jewish people who do choose to follow Jesus are considered like Gentiles in the eyes of the orthodox Jews. Honestly, growing up, I didn’t even know that there are Jewish people who believe in Jesus.
When I was 23, I left Israel for the first time and came to America. All of a sudden I was in a new country, new culture, new everything but for some bizarre reason, from the moment I set my feet here in America, I felt very much at home.
I had come to a small spiritual community based on the teachings of Yoga in which I lived for about 12 years but still, I was not able to connect on a spiritual level and after all, it was a spiritual community. Something was missing for me and became even more evident to me there.
My husband and I were married in a Jewish Ceremony in 2000. Soon after that we had a beautiful son & daughter. I was a stay at home mom in a little house in the woods. Many times, the only adult I would see during the day was my husband. I wasn’t happy. I lived in a SPIRITUAL community and was not able to connect spiritually, it just didn’t do it for me – Something was still missing and I didn’t know how to find it!
To tell a long story short, our life directed us to move to the city. All of a sudden it seemed there is a church around every corner, crosses everywhere and it is just screaming “Jesus” all around. It wasn’t for me….(well, that’s what I thought…) after all I was Jewish and was taught that Jesus is for the Gentiles only. I felt a big need to get re-connected to my Jewish origins and my heritage especially now that my son was starting to understand more. I wanted him to be able to learn about his heritage as well.
So, like a good Jewish girl I started to attend the synagogue. I thought it will fill that spiritual hole in me. I thought I will be able to get connected with God through the synagogue. But as much as it was all familiar, it still did not do it for me. I was thirsty for a spiritual connection, I was thirsty for God and nothing seemed to fulfill that thirst!
I started to notice the churches everywhere more and more and I found myself wondering how come SO many people around me and all over the world believe in Jesus? Could they all be wrong?
I had a big urge to investigate into it, to know what is the story of Jesus and why Christianity is the biggest religion in the world? I started to search the internet, read, watch movies and documentaries. The more I found out, the more amazed I was at how much sense it all made!
One big point that was made clear to me early in my “quest” was that Jesus was born in Israel, his Hebrew name was Y’eshua, he was Jewish in all ways, he celebrated the Jewish holidays, kept kosher and kept the Sabbath as the holy day. All of his disciples were 100% Jewish – so what happened??? Why did the Jewish bible stop where it stopped? I did not believe that God lost interest in us at the end of the Old Testament. I had to find out for myself!
I went and bought a copy of the New Testament – a book that is considered a curse to have in an orthodox Jewish home! I started reading and loved every moment of it! I have literally become obsessed in my “quest”. My focus, for the most part, was in comparing Judaism and Christianity with a great deal of apologetic material. I spent many hours talking to Christians, a rabbi as well as Messianic Jews about it all and the more I found out, the more amazed I was. I couldn’t believe it! My views of the world, life and people started to change. Things I thought I once believed where replaced with the word of God. From the beginning of my “quest” it became very clear to me and I felt very strong that the bible IS the word of God. I have no doubt in that today!
In the course of a few months I have grown closer and closer to God. God has opened my eyes and my heart to know for the first time in my life His full story. I believe in all my heart that God was with me since day one, he led me to America, to the spiritual community and to where I am today for me to re-connect with Him. I believe it would have been so much harder to make this happen if I was still living in Israel.
But still, although everything made total sense, I was not quite ready to let go and surrender.
On April 2008 a friend introduced me to her church. I met with the Pastor ready to ask him a lot more questions and he made two recommendations for me: first, he said it is OK to have questions, and second, that I will always have more questions, but sometimes it’s good to leave some room for faith. He also encouraged me to read the Gospel of John which I had not read at that time.
I took his advice seriously… went home and started to read the Gospel of John. I also decided to let go of some of those questions… at least for now, and just try to let go…think less…and feel more of what is happening IN me.
I finished reading John and all of a sudden it was all clear to me! I believed! I believed it all! I went down on my knees and asked Jesus into my life! I even did it a few times…in Hebrew, in English, in Hebrew again…just to make sure… There wasn’t any thunder and lightning and nothing changed on the outside but my heart has changed from that moment on in a way that I have never felt before! NOTHING was missing anymore! I re-connected with God and I had no doubt about it!
My family in Israel, naturally having a hard time with the whole idea. I’ve been praying to God to help me and them through it, and to give me the strength and support I need in the process. I have no doubt He is with me, helping me and guiding me through it all. I am finding that life challenges are so much easier to go through with God on my side then without! I have discovered the power of prayer! It is UNBELIEVABLE – Highly recommended!
I have a new identity now – I am Jewish and I believe in Jesus. I did not convert to another religion but by believing in Jesus as the Jewish Messiah I am now a “Completed Jew”. This is a very important point to understand especially for my immediate family and friends in Israel.
This has been, and is still, an amazing journey for me. Up until a few months before I came to faith I would have never thought that I will ever believe in Jesus! And here I am! Getting Baptized, is the most natural next step for me in this journey and in my new life with Y’eshua, with Jesus.
I am thankful for all the beautiful people that I have met in my “quest”. For all the new friends that came my way and for all the prayers and support I received from everyone.
My “quest” is far from being over…in many ways it is just beginning… I am looking forward to every moment of it and to find out what God has in store for me.
And most of all I thank God for showing me the way, the one and only truth, for loving me as much… and for Y’eshua!