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An Invitation to Faith

March 13th, 2012

I was walking with a friend when we came across a man in a wheelchair who asked us for some change. Now we have learned that cash is not always the best thing to give, but we offered to feed him.  He only wanted money, so my friend told him about something even greater than money. That thing, which is priceless, is the gift of Jesus.

The man, like many people, was already familiar with the name Jesus.  He also claimed to know about Jesus and to have read the Bible, though he doesn’t read it on an ongoing basis.  He knew a lot about Jesus, but he didn’t really know Jesus on a personal level.

The truth is that lots of people think they know Jesus, but they haven’t really listened to the things Jesus said, or believed what he taught.  That’s true among those who have come to church for years as well as those who have never crossed a church doorway.  I have come to realize that there are a lot of Jewish people who think they know who Jesus (Yeshua) is, but they have never been told the real story of Jesus, or his message.

The Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures) taught that in order for sinners like you and I to enter into the presence of God our sin must be paid for by blood (Leviticus 17:11), after we repent and turn from our sinful lives to lives lived righteously for God (Psalm 51:15-19).  Yeshua affirmed this when he offered himself as a sacrifice on the cross, fulfilling the promises of Isaiah 53:10-12 and Jeremiah 31:31 when he said, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. (Luke 22:20)”

Yeshua taught that the greatest commandment of all was “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength,” and “Love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:30-31)” Why is this the greatest command?  In Romans 13:10 it says, “Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”

Yeshua’s love fulfilled the Law and brought about the New Covenant by which we can have eternal life.  Similarly, to have eternal life in Him, we must not only faithfully believe in these things, but we must do so in love – both for our Lord and for His creation.

My friend invited the man to Church, and expressed the importance of knowing Jesus on a personal level.  At New Covenant Forum, we also invite you to consider the importance of a personal relationship with your Messiah, Yeshua.

Feel free to contact us to know more.  If you would like to receive a copy of the B’rit Hadashah (New Testament), we would be happy to send you a copy free of charge.

Contributed by Ian Smith, who is interning with New Covenant Forum from Toronto Baptist Seminary.

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