I regret that my letters have provoked such an offense. I believe that atrocities have come upon the Jewish people since God called them to be His people. Our Esther play showed a time in history when the enemies of God's people failed. I am saddened that someone would link us to such bigotry. Jesus is our Savior and He was a Jew. I was born a Gentile who did not truly follow this Jesus. When God changed my life many years ago, I began to appreciate the Jewish people. Almost all of our Bible, both Old and New Testaments, has Jewish authors. I read these writings daily and thank God for His hand in preserving His people through history. I praise God and stay abreast of news of Israel today, seeing His hand restoring His people in these last 50 years against the hatred surrounding them. I pray for the preservation of Israel and the repentence of those who unjustly treat them.
Nevertheless, I believe Jews and Gentiles have missed the coming of the promised Messiah. It is the Jewish prophet Isaiah who said, "But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed." This is a prophecy of the suffering Messiah. The entire chapter is almost impossible to read without picturing the Jesus who paid the penalty for our sins by his death on the cross. Every Sunday we celebrate that He rose again to show that His sacrifice was accepted by the heavenly Father. This living Jesus has said that He will return. The Jewish prophet Zechariah says "they will look on Me whom they have pierced." Again the context says that this will be a work of God, but that many will mourn as they finally realize that Jesus is the Messiah that they have missed.
I regret that some will see what I have just written as "self-righteous" for I confess that I am but another sinful man before a holy God. I have not loved God with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my might. I do not call all people ignorant who are not of my persuasion, yet I see that I was very ignorant of God and the person of Jesus, when I was raised in the religion of my parents. I am still ignorant of many things, but I know Who came as the Savior of the world. I know that He is willing to receive unto Himself all from any background who will but come to Him. I know that He said that if we do not believe in Him we shall die in our sins. There is no more sacrifice for sin. Without such a sacrifice, one must come before a holy God as the sinner he is. I don't believe that people need to come to me, or my church, or my religion. I do believe that God wants people to come to Him, and I only desire to be a servant who might help those who want to come to meet Him.
I sincerely wish all a Blessed Passover and a Blessed Lord's Day.
Dr. John Michael Thomas
Pastor of the Bible Church of
Port Washington and
Port Washington Christian School