Jesus Did It!
By: Simon Leopold
I am a Jewish man, who was for many years, essentially a highly materialistic, hedonistic and largely self-absorbed, selfish individual fully convinced that I was the center of my world.
Some time between 1988 and 1989, while I was employed in the field of Mechanical Engineering in Irvine, California at a company called The Austin Company, I became a believer in Jesus Christ/Yeshua Ha-Moshiac. I began working there in May of 1980, so this means that I had worked there for well over 8 years.I had worked very hard and steadily progressed in my job at the Austin Company, all the while gaining more respect for my expertise in my field as well as increased responsibility and enjoying regularly increasing economic benefits. This made it possible, after a few years, for me to purchase my own condominium in Garden Grove, CA. I had come to be convinced that I'd found a great place to work and hopefully be able to retire from this company when I reached the age of 60 to 65. I was a happy camper! However, this was not to continue for very long. After over eight years of faithful work for this company, I was laid off due to lack of work. When I began at this company, there were 360+ employees. When I was laid-off, there were only about 60 remaining! I had survived many lay-offs but eventually the dreaded 'Pink Slip' fell unhappily into my lap. The field of Mechanical Engineering had become, in less than 9 years, a professional wasteland in Southern California. When this happened a decent paying job in Mechanical Engineering was almost impossible to be found. I could see the probability of this lay-off coming for several months and had begun to cutback a great deal of my expenditures. I went so far as to sell my Condo and rented a very cheap room in the home of a friend I knew who lived then in nearby Newport Beach, CA.
While I was bracing myself for this seemingly inevitable lay-off a fellow employee at the Austin Co., named Daniel Constantinescu, (a Seventh Day Adventist, Romanian born, coworker) had posed an unwelcome and at times highly resisted question to me. That question was, in essence, 'What if this fellow 'Jesus' is truly who He says He is, would you want to know the truth?' And - 'What are you going to do with this Jesus?'
At first, I told him that I did not want to hear anything about this 'Jesus' fellow. I told him rather firmly as much. As a Jew, I felt, as many Jews do, that Jesus was doubtlessly a good man, but nothing more than a man. Even so, this fellow was one of the finest fellows I had ever met and had come to be highly esteemed in my view as not only a highly qualified engineer, but also a man who somehow sincerely cared about me as a person. I had come to admire, respect and revere him as a reliable friend. He had often invited me to visit his home where I enjoyed several deliciously prepared vegetarian meals. His family was what I'd come to think of as a model of perfection. His wife was a lovely, hospitable and gracious woman. His children were well behaved far beyond any Jewish family's children that I had ever seen. He had something that I not only admired but also desired for myself. Quite honestly, I was very impressed with essentially everything about or associated with this man. He also went out of his way to assist me in learning more about Electro-Mechanical relationships, which aided me in my personal work. I became fully convinced that he genuinely cared about me as a person unlike no one I had ever encountered previously except for perhaps my own father. I felt that a genuinely brotherly relationship had come to be well established between the two of us.
Dan asked me to agree to pray regularly that God would show me His truth on this matter. He offered only Old Testament bits of Scripture for me to pray about. These included not only the classic Messianic prophet Isaiah, but also Malachi, Zechariah and several others. He had asked me to read these prophetic scriptures and ask God to reveal to me who was being spoken of in them. Eventually I agreed to do this, but only after I had come to be convinced that he cared about me as a person in a way that I'd never experienced before, yet in a totally above board, honorable and respectable fashion.
Many, if not most, Jewish people tend to avoid (like the plague) most of the Old Testament Prophets.
Within a matter of a few months of my reading and praying for revelation, God showed me that Jesus was the One spoken of in these Old Testament prophecies of the coming Messiah. When this happened, tears fell, in great abundance from my eyes, for many minutes.
Shortly after this happened I began my quest for an appropriate church. Unfortunately, I wandered for many years from church to church without much in the way of either proper or correct discipleship. Only after many years had passed did I find a Messianic Congregation in the metro-Denver, Colorado area that seemed to be a good place for me to grow spiritually. After a few short years, there I came to see that this congregation was more focused upon materialistic things than those of a spiritual nature were. Therefore, I left there and again began my search for an appropriate church. All along the way, I'd become convinced that Sanctification was a long-drawn-out and time-consuming process. I held onto many of my previous 'Old-Man' ideas of what I though was proper and correct as opposed to what the Bible actually teaches. I found that I had chosen the free gift because it'd seemed to be an offer that I couldn't refuse, but hadn't been willing to totally submit my will to His. Effectively I kept one foot in this world and only occasionally tried to 'test step' my other foot into the realm of Spirituality. I had chosen to hold onto my old ideas and had not been educated properly by any congregational leader(s) to the contrary.
Only after I met and married my Ukrainian wife, Olyah, in 2002 have I had the kind of discipleship that I had needed oh so long ago. I praise God that He has provided her for me to be able to learn more about unconditional love and to grow spiritually. For anyone who would help any Jewish person to come to know Jesus I would like to suggest a few things!
First, and foremost: Become a true friend of the Jewish person. Second: Give him/her a consistent, positive, example of your life so that he/she would like to have such a life for him/herself. Third: See to it that this person gets proper discipleship. Amen!
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"And this gospel of the
died for sinners] shall be preached in all the world for a witness
unto all nations; and then shall the end come."
(Quote from Jesus Himself: Matthew 24:14).
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