By Claudia Koenig
The taxi driver who drove us to the airport as we were leaving Jerusalem was a very open-minded man. He spoke good English, and he and my husband enjoyed talking. As they talked, I prayed and asked God how to go about telling him about the Messiah, Yeshua.
I asked him what his name was. He said, “Daniel.” I said, “Strong name in the Bible. Daniel was a man of prayer. He knew God. What do you know about God?” He said that he was not religious as the religious are, but that he believed in God, and he knew that God was with him.
I then said, “I would like to tell you a story that is not easy to believe, especially for a Jew, but you should know it. Would you like to hear it? If your answer is yes, you must be prepared with an open mind and heart to listen. Can you do that?” Immediately, he said, “Yes, please tell me; I want to know. I will listen.”
I shared the story about the Son of God whose name is Yeshua — who He is, what He did, that He is alive and coming back. I told him why Yeshua became flesh and the sacrificial Lamb of God for our sins, so that there is no need for any more goats or sheep sacrifices. I told him about the cross and about the enemy called Satan, who was created by God but rebelled against Him, and was cast by God into a place called hell. I shared with him that this enemy used the cross against Jews in the Holocaust and the Inquisition so that the Jews would not believe in Yeshua — the Jew who laid Himself on a cross as the sacrificial Lamb of God for our sins.
He was silent as I spoke. After a while, he said, “I need this! I need it so much! I want this!” I asked him if he would like to pray. He said, “I want this to be strong in my life.” I said, “Good, let me tell you what you must confess: that you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Yeshua is the Son of God and that He rose again from the dead. Then you will be saved.”
He said, “I want to do this! I want to take time by myself and do this deeply! You see, I have been raised the Jewish way all my life.” I said, “Yes, and the Jewish Messiah understands. He wants you to know Him so that you will have eternal life with Him and the Father in Heaven. He said, “I will do this and when I do, I will call you.” (My husband had given him his business card.)
When we arrived at the airport, he went to the trunk to take out our luggage.
He stopped for a moment, looked right into my eyes, and said, “Thank you so much for telling me this truth. I have been searching and wanting to know this for so long!” He placed my luggage beside the car and just as he was about to close the trunk, he looked into my eyes again, drew near me, and said, “You are a very special woman.” I had never heard that before. I thought that he must have understood something about the Messiah that he could not express. I said to him, “And you are a very special man!”
“Abba, Father, You are the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Your everlasting covenant to Israel through your sacrificial Lamb, Your Christ, Your Messiah’s Name, is on Jerusalem.”
“Messiah, Jerusalem is Your city. You are the great King of Israel and of the Jews. How You send us to Your city for the salvation of those whom You have chosen to be Your sheep! You are the Good Shepard in pursuit of them. May we not miss one of them when we walk the streets of Your city!”
“Holy Spirit, You are the One who placed in this man the desire to know the truth about who the Messiah is. Please reveal to him the love of the risen Messiah who is soon to return. Cause him to pray and receive Yeshua as his Savior. And have him call on Him. Thank you, Spirit of God.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. John 15:16
But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 2 Thessalonians 2:13
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; 1 Peter 2:9
The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: Acts 8:32
For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today if ye will hear his voice, Psalm 95:7
But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Matthew 10:6
And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. John 10:7
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
All scripture is KJV.