A performance put on by the Messianic Jewish Alliance of Israel (MJAI) in central Israel on Thursday asked the pertinent question: How would Israel react today if Yeshua (Jesus) were to show up?
Titled “HaKochav Nolad” (“The Star is Born” - a play on the name of a popular television singing competition), the Hebrew-language stage show recounted the miraculous births of both John the Baptist and Yeshua, and the trials both pairs of parents faced.
The first half of the performance drove home the point that at the time of Yeshua’s birth, the Jews of Israel believed nothing could be worse than the Roman occupation, and were certain the promised Messiah was coming to right that particular wrong.
As such, it is perhaps understandable why so many failed to believe. It is also the same reason the Bible teaches so many in our own time will be taken in by the promises of a great man who promises and appears to bring peace from today’s particular troubles.
At the end of the play, the scene switches to modern times, and a young girl asks, “Israel turned away Yeshua once, what if they do so again?” Fortunately, for those of us who have read the end of the book, the answer to that conundrum is provided: God intends to turn the hearts of all Israel back to Him.