Alan’s perception of Christians was shaped by what he saw on TV. Visiting the Dachau concentration camp left a lasting impression on him. Alan sought to repay the debt he felt he owed to those who suffered and died for being Jewish.
Contemplating what it meant to be Jewish, Alan reached out to God in prayer. God responded by sending a person, who became Alan’s friend and unfolded the story of Jesus in a way that connected Alan to the Jewishness of the Messiah.
Alan was challenged on his views of Christians, Jesus, and Messianic faith. He found the faith of his friend very compelling. Reading the New Testament also shook Alan’s paradigm. He saw a Jewish Jesus talking to Jewish people about Jewish prophesies in the Land of Promise.