Nothing But the Blood of Jesus


Someone once asked me to visit an unsaved Jewish man named Sam in the hospital. I went to see him, and when I entered his room, I said, “Mr. B.” Sam turned, looked at me, and said, “I know you. I know your mother, your father, and your two brothers.”

Sam was a former neighbor whom I hadn’t seen in 20 years. We talked for a few minutes before he asked the question most Jewish people will ask if you are around them long enough: “What do you do for a living?”

“I’m the leader of a Messianic Jewish congregation,” I said. “I believe Jesus is our promised Jewish Messiah.”

For two hours Sam wanted to know why I, as a Jew, had come to believe in Jesus.

Jesus Our Healer

Sam (right) has experienced Jesus as his Messiah, Savior, and Healer.

A week later, the doctors sent Sam home from the hospital. He had high blood pressure—240/170. They could not bring it down through medication or diet, so they sent him home with the warning that he could have a stroke but there was nothing more they could do for him.

I went to see Sam and his wife, Florence, at their home and shared with them my testimony and the Messianic prophecies and showed them that Jesus fulfilled them all. I then asked Sam and Florence if they would like to receive Jesus as their Messiah and Savior. They both said yes, and I led them in a prayer of repentance and of receiving Jesus as their Messiah and Savior.

“Jesus not only died to save you, but He also died to be your Healer,” I said to Sam. “Would you like me to pray for your physical problem?”

“Yes,” he replied, so I prayed briefly and left.

The Jewish Pope

Three days later Sam and Florence showed up at our Alliance Messianic Jewish service, and in the middle of the service, without any warning or even asking permission, Sam stood up to speak.

“Three days ago I found out that Jesus is my Jewish Messiah, and He saved me,” he said. “And I found out that He is my Healer. My blood pressure is absolutely normal.” He was so excited and joyful he kept on talking.

When Sam left that day, he began to witness to his father and his sisters, and he told anyone he met that Jesus was the promised Messiah. He talked to his father so much about Jesus, his father said, “I can’t believe it! My son’s become the Jewish pope.”

Some time later, Sam asked me to talk to his dad. I was nervous about this because his father was one of the men of the synagogue where I grew up.

Sam and I prayed together, and I went to see his dad. I shared the Messianic prophecies with him and why I believe that Jesus was our Messiah. Then this 82-year-old Orthodox Jewish man prayed to receive Jesus as his Messiah and Savior—a thrill of my life!

Waiting 50 Years

Sam once said to me, “I’m so thankful that I now know my Messiah and am saved, but I’m sad about one thing.”

“What’s that?” I asked.

“I’m sad that I had to wait 50 years to find out that Jesus is our promised Messiah and Savior.”

I don’t believe we have 50 more years to bring the gospel to the Jewish people. Will you pray for their salvation and ask God what part He would have you play in bringing the gospel to Jewish people scattered around the world? They are God’s chosen people (Deut. 7:6–8), whom He loves (Jer. 31:3).

God’s Chosen People

Unreached but not unreachable

It is estimated that only .3 of 1 percent of Jewish people, 60,000, are saved, born-again followers of Jesus. That means that 99.7 percent (19,940,000) are lost and unreached with the gospel of Messiah Jesus.

The greatest challenges we face in reaching Jewish people with the gospel are: ignorance of the Bible, Jewish theology, persecution in the name of Jesus, and opposition from family and friends. 

For Jewish missions and Israel in prophecy presentation and/or training in witnessing to Jewish people, contact Abe Sandler, C&MA national evangelist and church planter: ajmcma@aol.com. Pray for the salvation of Jewish people and more workers for this harvest field.

—Abe Sandler

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