In October 1992, two born-again Jewish men – full-time traveling evangelist Jeffrey D. Miller and Messianic Rabbi Ted Simon – started recording a daily radio program aimed at bringing the Gospel to the Jewish people through Bible-believing Christian listeners.
The lively discussion-style, four-and-a-half-minute program, Messianic Minutes, features a combination of deep Bible teaching, lighthearted Jewish schtick (such as their Christmas presentation “Mary was a Jewish Mother”), as well as personal Jewish insight to draw in listeners.
“Jesus, as well as the Jewish Apostle Paul and other writers of the New Covenant, used both the Hebrew Scriptures, as well as many Jewish traditions, as the basis for much of their teachings, including some of the parables,” Miller told NRB Today. “By expounding on these Jewish customs, [we] bring fuller meaning to the truth of God’s Word.”
Giving their audience a scripturally faithful Jewish experience, the program’s co-hosts present not only the links between the Hebrew Scriptures and New Covenant, but also the knowledge and techniques to use those links in reaching out to Jewish people. They teach and preach, encourage, exhort and challenge, with a fair share of humor mixed in.
“When our Messiah proclaimed that no one could come to the Father but by Him, He was speaking to Jewish people,” noted Miller. “Indeed, Messianic Minutes exists primarily to better equip the Bible believing Christian audience so they will be prepared to pray for and witness to Jewish people. However, in doing so, the program brings a depth of understanding about the things our Messiah said and did that make His life, death and resurrection more meaningful to everyone.”
Since its launch 25 years ago, the program has been aired on hundreds of stations. Furthermore, the co-hosts have been interviewed numerous times on many stations and networks such as Salem Radio Network, American Family Radio, and VCY America.
In addition to promoting Jesus as the one and only Messiah for both Jews and Gentiles, they also advance a scriptural focus on present day activities in the Middle East. Discussing news from the land and political realities, they remind listeners that “praying for the peace of Jerusalem is not about a peace treaty, but about the Prince of Peace, Jesus the Jewish Messiah.”
According to the program’s producers, Messianic Minutes exists for four reasons: to preach the Gospel to the Jewish people, to restore the Jewish roots of faith, to bless Israel, and to see all Israel saved.
For a list of stations on which Messianic Minutes can be heard, visit messianicminutes.com.
By NRB Staff
Published: October 26, 2017