'Where's Bernard?' my Uncle asked my Dad...doesn't he want some cake and a cold-drink?
'There he is, at the pool, reading a book'.
'Bernard, what book are you reading?'
'Uncle, I'm reading the Bible and reading all about Jesus'
'What! Does your father know what you are reading?'
'I want you to get yourself off my property...right now...immediately...I'll get your father to take you home...I will not have anyone reading about Jesus on my property!'
My family does not want to know me because I believe in Jesus.
You see, I was brought up in the Jewish faith and Jewish people are not allowed to read the New Testament and they do not believe in Jesus.
Because of this, the Jewish people do not celebrate Christmas or Easter...instead they celebrate the Holy Days recorded in the Old Testament like Passover, Day of Atonement and the Festival of First Fruits.
My mother was the only child of Rabbi Kessler, who originally came from Poland.
At the age of 13, according to the Jewish custom, I had my Barmitzvah (coming of age for a Jewish boy).
At school, the Jewish children left the class-room whenever we had Bible Studies...the Jewish boys usually played soccer until we were all called in back to class for the next subject.
I started reading about Jesus at the age of 14 and was immediately attracted by the purity of His words overflowing with love.
My dad passed away and at my father's funeral, the officiating Rabbi came up to me and asked me to pray a certain specific prayer for my father. I told the Rabbi that I was willing to do so, but that I would have to pray 'in the name of Jesus'.
The Rabbi said that this could not be allowed so my Dad's brother said that he would recite the prayer.
His daughter then shouted out loudly: 'You a traitor to the Jewish nation!'
After the funeral, no one wanted to associate themselves with me and everyone just walked away and left without saying a word to me.
The first time I went to Church, was when I was in my forties....I was too scared to let the Jewish people know I believed in Jesus. I was also confused and never knew which Church to go to...I couldn't understand why there were so many different Christian Churches and what the difference was between them all...I heard some the names of the Churches like Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Protestant, 7th Day Adventist, etc but it all seemed so strange to me.
I read about a Bible Correspondence Course and began receiving the lessons and submitting my answers that were marked and corrected.
My Christian book library started growing rapidly and I loved learning all I could know about Jesus.
I feel very privileged and blessed that I was chosen to discover the absolute truth about Jesus...that Jesus really is the Son of God and that He gave his life to suffer and die for my sins....and that He is coming back as my Messiah.
I am so very, very grateful for all that Jesus has done for me.
I thank Jesus everyday for His immense love, kindness and grace.
There is nothing in this world, or that anyone can offer me, that is better than Jesus.
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