Christmas Questions: Why Did God Choose the Jews?

Romans 9:1-5

The second Christmas question I want to address is "Why did God choose the Jews?" The nation of Israel, the Jews, has been a unique nation down through history. In 1948 the establishment of a Jewish state proved historically to be unprecedented. They are the only nation to be removed from their land, take it back and restore their own culture.

They have suffered persecution throughout history as well. We are somewhat familiar with the account of the Holocaust of the 20th century, but that wasn't the first time the Jews suffered. In the book of Esther we read of Haman's plan to eradicate the people. During the Crusades, one crusader said, "Why fight Christ's enemies abroad when they are living among us?" He was talking about the Jews.

Anti-Semitism has been around a long time! Growing up in small town USA, there were two main clothing stores located on opposite corners of our town … Gladstein's and Shapinsky's. Both were run by Jewish families, and both were hated for their success. I grew up in an atmosphere where jokes about Jews were acceptable. For years the term used for bargaining was to 'Jew someone down'.

What about now? Whether it is Mel Gibson's drunken rant against Jews; the Islamic leadership calling for their annihilation; or the off-color comments made by our own friends and family; it is clear that anti-Semitism is alive and well in the 21st century.

Once again, it isn't a question of 'Did God choose the Jews, but why?' Why would God choose the Jews?

I. Who are the Jews?

II. Why did God choose the Jews?

This verse gives us the tragedy of the coming of Christ the Messiah in the manger at Bethlehem. Listen…He came unto His own…the Jews, but His own received Him not. But an even greater tragedy is that He continues to be rejected by those He came to save.

Have you received Him as your personal Savior? If not, why not come today and place your faith in Him? Christian, we need to thank God for choosing to send His Son into this world as a Jew to die in our place on the cross. Pray for Israel to be saved.