In this Jewish testimonial video, saleswoman Barri explains how an unlikely coincidence at work led her to accepting Yeshua as her Messiah in her cousin’s deli.
Barri grew up in an Orthodox household that tried to hold true to Jewish traditions, but she always felt let down by her synagogue. Her parents could only afford seating in the middle of the synagogue, and no matter how much she tried to listen, or how much her parents comforted her, she felt as if there was a void within her heart. Initially she was treated fine in school, but she began to experience antisemitism from other kids.
“On the Monday, everyone was friendly to me, on the Tuesday, everyone was friendly to me, but by Wednesday I was called a Christ Killer. Christ Killer? I didn’t kill anybody! Who was Christ?”
Later in her life, she decided to go into sales, selling copiers, But as she walked into the office, she met a group of five men who began her journey for answers. She mentioned how her cousins owned a Delicatessen nearby, and when asked about her religion, she was told that Larry, the owner of the company, was also Jewish. Over lunch, Larry shared with her that was a Messianic Jew, and when she asked what that was, he began to speak about Jesus, quoting a verse from the Bible,
“All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way, but the Lord has taken the the iniquity of us all on Him.”
“There’s always been something curious in my heart about Jesus. I was taught that he was Jewish, that he was a good man, maybe a prophet, but that I am Jewish, and I am not to believe.”
But Barri had reservations, her Orthodox family came from a long line of Rabbis and followed their doctrines to the best of their ability. What could she say to her father? They shared with her Psalm 22, “My God, my God, Why have you forsaken me? I can count on my bones, my tongue cleaves to the roof of my mouth”
“At that moment I knew; that’s Jesus in my Holy Scriptures! My past teaching about Judaism came into full light. It was as though I understood and that it was okay for me to be Jewish and believe in Jesus.”
Every one of us needs help, and Yeshua is that salvation. As despite each of us going their own way, the Lord laid his life down as God’s servant, to suffer for us. It was this lesson that Barri needed, as a Jew, needed to solidify within her heart, how through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, she could live an eternal life.
“God came into my heart as a personal realization. Here I was looking for answers outside of me, but only God’s Word inside of me has changed me. God did for me what I could never do for myself.”