“Do you know who the Messiah is?”
It’s a question Jeff Morgan, a Messianic Jew, asks to Jewish people on the streets of Israel.
“If we knew it, it would be amazing,” one woman responds.
We—along with SO BE IT! YouTube channel hosts Jeff and Elisha—do know who He is.
He’s the suffering Messiah who was pierced for our transgressions, bearing our iniquities and healing us by His wounds (Isaiah 53). He is the one who was to come before the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D. (Daniel 9:24-27). He was the ruler coming forth from ancient days who was to be born of a virgin out of Bethlehem (Isaiah 7:14, Micah 5:2). He would announce His arrival as the King bearing salvation while riding on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9). He was the Prophet like Moses (Deuteronomy 18:18-19), the King from the stump of Jesse upon whom the Spirit of the Lord would rest and whom the Gentiles would seek (Isaiah 11), the Lord over David and the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek (Psalm 110).
He is Jesus. And Jeff and Elisha want their fellow Jews to know that the Messiah has already come.
SO BE IT! provides a look into Jeff and Elisha’s evangelistic efforts in Israel. We see the two argue for Jesus as the Messiah with people on the streets of Israel. When they reference Old Testament Bible verses, we see the reference pop up on the screen. And they show Jewish people how accepting Jesus as the Christ isn’t a denial of their Jewish heritage: it’s an embracing of it.
The channel also shows the testimonies of various Jewish people who were likewise convinced that Jesus was the Messiah. Additionally, Jeff takes us around Israel, showing the likely modern-day locations of where many Biblical events occurred. Furthermore, the channel deals with some difficult questions, such as why God asked Abraham to kill his son, and why people suffer.
Some testimonies on the channel reveal how God can redeem us from the darkest of places. Such testimonies include drug use, prostitution and more. However, as testimonies, we eventually hear of how God redeemed these people from such things, and such vulnerability can help others in similar situations to realize that there is a hope to which they can cling.
As mentioned above, some topics may be quite mature for a younger audience.
Jeff and Elisha work with the non-profit Jews for Jesus, an organization made up “primarily of Jewish people” who “believe Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah our prophets foretold.” Their website teaches visitors about the Gospel, sin and much more. SO BE IT! encourages both Jewish and Gentile believers through its evangelistic outreach, and it helps teach us how the Old Testament ultimately pointed to Jesus in all its ways.
Though he was born in Kansas, Kennedy Unthank studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics and hermeneutics. He doesn’t think the ending of Lost was “that bad.”