Jews For Jesus have produced a new video, called “That Jew Died For You.” It features two Jewish women being sent to do hard labour in a Polish concentration/extermination camp, and Jesus being sent to die. Aside from the anachronisms, Jesus as a healthy 30-something man would have more likely been sent to work rather than to death. Meanwhile, emotional music plays over the background.
There is definitely something in the idea that God understands the horrors of Auschwitz, because of His own death and his active and willing participation in receiving suffering.
However, JFJ’s video is clearly designed to elicit an emotional response, and whilst some may be moved by the concept of Jesus suffering in a concentration camp, it seems to distract from the main message of Yeshua being our atoning sacrifice.
There are Holocaust survivors who recognise the cross as a symbol used to persecute them, and just showing Jesus carrying a cross isn’t going to magically erase this. So I don’t think the video is particularly helpful.
If a missionary made a video of Jesus in a slave boat to try to appeal to black people that Jesus is their messiah, I’m not sure that would be great either.
It is rather insensitively named – That Jew Died For You – and it looks like JFJ are prepared for any angry responses, with a ready-made FAQ available online.