A wealthy Jewish businessman found himself falling into depression after chasing after things that he thought would give him satisfaction. But, in a fateful encounter, he discovered the words of Jesus in the New Testament. His depression started fading away as he dove more into The Word.
Wealthy Jewish businessman
He valued his Jewish heritage. That is why, when Christians approached him about Jesus, he would argue and get angry with them.
But growing up, he struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts. He shared, “There’s this overlying feeling of ‘I’m not loved like I want to be loved, and I can’t love others like I want to love others.” His feelings of emptiness led him to seek love and acceptance from people, and he found it in a community involved with drugs and alcohol. He was later joining his friends in their addictions.
When he was in college, he befriended the guy sitting beside him. Then, his newfound friend invited him to an activity which the Jew soon found out was a Bible Study. He then found himself sitting in a group, listening to Luke 15, the story of the prodigal son.
Power of the Word
Amazingly, after meditating on the message, he felt an overwhelming peace, love, and acceptance embrace him.
God’s love wrecked him. In response, he wanted to know God more. And he realized that the only way to know Him is through the person of Yeshua.
So, he started reading the New Testament. And every time he reads it, the same joy and love surround him. As an effect, it was removing his depression and suicidal tendencies. He thought, “How could a book do this? How could just reading words do that to me?”
He realized that Jesus was real. “I owe my life to Jesus,” he said. “Because I know wholeheartedly that I would have killed myself if it wasn’t for what He did in me.”
Reference: Youtube | One for Israel