Around 2,000 years ago Paul called a meeting with the local Jewish leaders in Rome.
“When they had gathered, he said to them: ‘Brothers, although I have done nothing against either our people or the traditions of our fathers, I was made a prisoner in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans. They examined me and were ready to release me, because I had done nothing to justify a death sentence. But when the Judeans objected, I was forced to appeal to the Emperor-not that I had any charge to make against my own people. This is why I have asked to see and speak with you, for it is because of the hope of Israel that I have this chain around me.’ They said to him, ‘We have not received any letters about you from Judea, and none of the brothers who have come from there has reported or said anything bad about you. But we do think it would be appropriate to hear your views from you, yourself; for all we know about this sect is that people everywhere speak against it.”
There are so many hearts out there closed to the idea of Jesus being the Son of God, the Messiah, and only Way to the Father but have no idea why. Just like many Jewish brothers and sisters 2,000 years ago weren’t sure why they didn’t believe but just that people spoke against it.
But in the book of Acts they gave Paul an opportunity to speak freely.
“So they arranged a day with him and came to his quarters in large numbers. From morning until evening he explained the matter to them, giving a thorough witness about the Kingdom of God and making use of both the Torah of Moshe and the Prophets to persuade them about Jesus. Some were convinced by what he said, while others refused to believe. So they left disagreeing among themselves, after Paul had made one final statement: “The Holy Spirit spoke well in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet, “Go to this people and say ‘You will keep on hearing but never understand, and you will keep on seeing but never perceive, because the heart of this people has grown thick- with their ears they barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, for fear that they should see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and do t’shuvah, so that I could heal them.'”
Dare to ask yourself the big “Why”. Give Jesus the opportunity to speak on His own behalf. It is a promise from the Promise Keeper that if we draw near to Him He will draw near to us. Don’t just assume that Jesus isn’t for you just because others speak against him. Don’t close and harden your heart to him without ever meeting him first. Keep knocking and the door will be open to you. Ask and you shall receive.
“Therefore, let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Nations, and they will listen!”
Jesus is for everyone, both Jew and Gentile. He died for all and to set all free. He loves all unconditionally. The Jewish Messiah will come again and gather all that have trusted in Him. Don’t spend a second more in disbelief without even knowing why.