|Nothing we will ever do is more important than this
|A Jewish woman smiles after receiving a parcel of food from the Jerusalem Prayer Team.
Today, I’ve been meditating on the Parable of the Sheep and Goats. It begins with Jesus talking about His return in glory to set up His kingdom. In this parable, He declares, “The sheep will be blessed by My Father and will be given an inheritance.” Then He tells us why in Matthew 25:35-36, “For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.”
Then the revelation of the mystery, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’” (Matthew 25:40).
The brethren of the King are the Jewish people. This amazing revelation in Matthew 25 about the sheep and goats has to do with the nations being judged on how they treated the Jews. The goats are cursed because they were given opportunities but did nothing to help God’s Chosen People.
The sheep are blessed because they did take advantage of those opportunities. Nothing we will ever do in our lives is more important than what you and I are doing right now in Jerusalem. Today, I am asking you to bless the Jewish brothers and sisters of Jesus in a special way.
In just a few weeks, Jewish people here in Israel and around the world will celebrate Rosh Hashanah and the start of the new year on the Jewish calendar. Already the excitement is building here in Israel over the upcoming holiday. Rosh Hashanah is a time of feasting and joy, but while there will be great celebrations going on to welcome the new year, for the poor of Israel, especially the poor Holocaust survivors, this will be anything but a happy time.
We will be hosting large Rosh Hashanah parties for Holocaust survivors in both Jerusalem and Haifa, and I need your help. We want to not only show them Christian love in action at these parties, but every day as we continue to provide food, medicine, and other urgently-needed help to these precious people. And we can’t do that without your help. Time is running out—the holiday is coming very soon, but even more importantly, the Holocaust survivors are passing away at the rate of more than 1000 per month. If they are ever going to see Christian love in action, we must not delay and act now, before it’s too late.
The work of the Jerusalem Prayer Team in support and defense of the Jewish people is always important. There are enemies of Israel everywhere, and we must stand against them. God has called us to build the Friends of Zion Heritage Center, as a wall of defense for His Chosen People, and together we are reaching out in Christian love to meet the needs of the poor of the House of Israel. Your financial support is a powerful blessing to Israel and the Jewish people.