Bob Mendelsohn of Jews for Jesus came today and spoke at Covenant Christian School Sydney
's Senior Assembly. He was entertaining and engaging and told his story of how he grew up as a moderate Jew and later became a Christian… although he says he is still a Jew, but one who has found the Messiah. He gave us some real insights into Jewish thinking and how and why they do certain things.
He said that after high school he became a hippy in the 60s and searched for peace and meaning in his life. He met some Christians who wanted to talk to him about Jesus and he said that he was happy to “take them on” and debate with them, aiming to show them “why they were wrong”. After spending some time talking with them and asking questions, he stumped them on a few issues, but their humility in not having to have all the answers impressed him and left him thinking. They told him to ask Jesus to show him directly who he was, which was a foreign thought, as in Jewish culture you don’t actually bother God with those sorts of things, but just talk to a Rabi or someone else about it. He did this and was amazed by what happened to him.
He also started to read the New Testament and discovered that it too was actually written about Jewish people and by Jews about the Jewish Messiah. He later accepted Jesus as his savior. Bob said “I found it in Y'shua," which is Jewish for Jesus. At the time his family then disowned him and he was rejected by all his Jewish friends. He said it was tough, but God has brought him through.
He now works for Jews For Jesus and spends his time speaking to all sorts of groups of people. He encourages Christians to reach out to their Jewish brothers and sisters who do not yet know Y’shua. He is still a Jew because He said Jews often will only listen to Jews and so it is important for him to maintain his heritage and his customs.
He said that sharing Jesus is like having a banquet laid out in front of you by God. You turn up, grab the platter, serve yourself and then pass it on. He prayed that we would have a heart to pass on the food so that others can eat, particularly those who are Jewish that we know.
Bob was great and we pray that he continues to bear fruit in his ministry to the Jewish people.