Daily Topic for December 25, 2008

Jn. 1:14
"The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us."

As we recall Jesus’ birth this Christmas Day, we see Almighty God crossing the greatest barriers, which separated Him from man. And in God’s initiative to live among us we see the missionary dynamic necessary to reach unreached people groups. Jesus - the missionary Word of God - “became flesh” so that 33 years later He might die and decisively deal with the barrier of sin. The same Word which had created man became man, took on human flesh, and “lived for a while among us.” It is now our task to cross other barriers (culture, language, religion) to the unreached peoples and proclaim the “Word” in person!

Pray that as the Father sent His Son, that He will now send us.

French Jews in Israel

Increasing numbers of French-born Jews immigrate to Israel each year. Anti-Jewish feelings in France are usually a factor in their decision. “In France I couldn’t protect myself, but I feel really safe here because of the army,” said a young woman newly immigrated to Israel.

Some come to Israel for more spiritual reasons. “I am immigrating to Israel because of my faith in God. This is the place where a Jewish spirit can feel at home,” says a 47-year old expert in information technology.

However, not all immigrants come for spiritual reasons. According to one source, two-thirds to three-fourths of Israeli Jews are non-observant of the Jewish faith. Some religious laws are no longer enforced; Jewish businesses are open on the Sabbath, and some even sell pork. For most Jews in Israel, religious holidays are social events, not holy days. The state of Israel maintains the holy places and rabbis are state employees. French Jews are often as secular as any of these other Israelis.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Ask the Lord to create a hunger for truth in the hearts of French Jews who have turned away from their faith. Pray that they will hear the gospel and come to realize that Yeshua is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy and their long-awaited Messiah. Pray that the French Jews in Israel will learn to put their trust in Yeshua as the only One to keep them safe.-JWS

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