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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Falling for Jesus Winner Post

Joanne Sher was the winner of the Falling for Jesus Contest that we held this fall at the Internet Cafe. Today we have the privilege of sharing with you, her winning entry.
Congratulations Joanne!

My people have been looking for Him for thousands of years. Every Jewish mother, since the beginning of my race until this day, has hoped that perhaps her son would be the One. The Anointed. The Messiah. The Righteous Branch.

As I sat in my easy chair on that cool February morning a decade ago, I realized that, for the past two thousand years, these Jewish mothers had hoped in vain. You see, the Anointed One had already come. The waiting was over, but they were still looking.

You hear sometimes about soldiers, decades after “their war” was fought and forgotten, hiding away on the old battlefield without communication, thinking they still had that enemy to defeat. That’s how it is with many of my people. They are anxiously sitting by the front door, waiting for their precious child to come in from his date—when he’s actually asleep upstairs.

I however, have found Him. I am looking no longer. And in the moment it took me to connect my Jewish beliefs to His Truth, I was transformed. I went from a searcher of the scriptures to a lover of their Writer.

It began as a curiosity five months earlier. Through a Christian conference I was covering for the newspaper, I developed an intense interest in Christianity and the Word of God. I fed on Christian teaching. I enjoyed the fellowship of a local church. I read—no, devoured—His Bible: Old and New Testaments. I pondered what I had read. I examined it logically.

But on that late winter day, there was no logic. No mere emotion. On that day, Jesus Christ, my Messiah, swept me off my feet and into His loving arms of forgiveness, grace, and mercy. For it was on that day, while reading His prophet, that my spirit was, after more than three decades on this earth, awakened to His “Messiahship.”

I had read about it several times in the past five months: in the Gospels, in Paul’s letters. But those were “Christian” books. I was a Jew. The Lord needed to show me in His chosen people’s writings. He had to show this modern-day Pharisee that my lineage, my good deeds, my upbringing was not what I needed. What I needed was Him—the Messiah I had hoped would come for 32 years. The same Messiah I’d learned about in Hebrew School and synagogue. He had already come—and Isaiah had told us about it hundreds of years previous.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 NIV
My Messiah loved me so much, that He was voluntarily pierced and crushed for my sins. I could not be pleasing in God’s sight on my own. He willingly took on excruciating punishment so I could have peace. His wounds on the cross healed me.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6 NIV
Joanne Sher, observant Jew, one of “God’s chosen,” was a lost sheep—a dirty, unholy, messed up sinner. But the Lord laid my iniquity on Christ. It is no longer mine. He died for me, so my Father will see me as sinless and holy.

How can I not love Him? How can I ever doubt again? And why would I, or anyone else, want to? There is nothing left to wait for. The Messiah—my Messiah—has come.

Heavenly Father, I cannot thank You enough for saving my soul, for initiating this intimate love relationship I have had with you for almost ten years now. Thank You, Lord, for helping me to get beyond the doubts and the “mechanics” of my faith and into the amazing love of You. Help me, Lord, to never forget the wonder and excitement of that first love. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen

Joanne Sher, raised Jewish, became a believer at the age of 31. She is a writer and homemaker living in West Michigan with her husband Marc and her two children: Annika, 5 today, and Andrew, almost 8. In addition to writing Christian fiction and blogging at "An Open Book," she is currently working on writing a non-fiction book about God's working during her husband major health problems.
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Blogger Denise said...

Very beautiful.

November 27, 2008 at 12:58 AM  
Anonymous Kristen said...

Indeed the Messiah has come.

Beautiful, friend. What a story you have to tell.

November 27, 2008 at 3:48 AM  
Blogger Patty Wysong said...

What a wonderful testimony, Joanne! You've blessed me tremendously with seeing things through your eyes.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2008 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger LauraLee Shaw said...

You are such a beautiful person, and I'm so thankful for your life in Christ! You bless me with the fruit of it every single day!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2008 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Catrina Bradley said...

My hair is standing on end and tears are standing in my eyes. Even tho I knew your testimony, I still get chills reading it.

November 27, 2008 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Carmen said...

simply beautiful! thank you.

shalom aleichem, Merea...

November 28, 2008 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I loved your entry when I read it before. I still love it.


November 28, 2008 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Joanne Sher said...

Thank you SOO much for the encouragement, my sisters.

November 28, 2008 at 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so wonderful to read and is so well written!

November 28, 2008 at 8:09 PM  

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