As a Christian I seek to share the Good News of Jesus with anyone, including Jewish people. I realize that many things have been done to Jews that go against the teachings of Jesus, so it can be a sensitive subject. And I know that Satan has done a great job of making Jews think the New Testament is an antisemitic manifesto (it is anything but).
However, from an apologetic standpoint I would love to have them read the New Testament and ask themselves if the types of Jews they see represented there are similar to the Jews shown in the Hebrew Bible (aka the Old Testament).
Here’s what I mean: Yes, there were some good Jews in the OT (and the NT). But if you actually read the entire OT you can’t miss the non-stop cycles of rebellion from beginning to end — even though God had chosen them, set them apart and given them special revelation. Scan the book of Judges. Scan the history of the kings. Scan the prophets. It couldn’t be more clear.
So historically speaking, if the Jewish leaders had such a spectacularly awful track record, would it be surprising that the Jewish leaders of Jesus’ time would reject their Messiah and persecute his followers?
Please note that I’m not committing the error of thinking that I would have done any better. It is human nature to look at the bad guys of history and think we would have done the right thing. Sure. Sans the Holy Spirit, I’m sure I would have been yelling, “Crucify him!” and “Release to us Barrabas!” I would have denied Jesus more than 3 times. And so on.
But I do challenge Jewish folks — and anyone else, for that matter — to read the entire Bible carefully. It isn’t anti-Jewish. It is pro-Good News for lost sinners of any kind. Please don’t reject your Messiah. Eternity is a mighty long time.