Well, let us first see that the Bible is a book of truth.
Number 1: Are the Jews are real people. If you answer, "Yes", then move to question #2.
Number 2: Why the Jews are called "Jews". If you don't know, look to the Bible where the Jews are called Jews because they descended from the tribe of Judah.
Genesis 29:35 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the LORD.” So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children. NIV
Look and see if there is any other answer. There isn't any acceptable answer for the truth is accepted by the world.
Number 3: Now that the Jews are real people and they are in the Bible, ask yourself why Jews don't take Jesus as Lord and Savior and why they don't believe Jesus is the Messiah.
If you don't know, the answer is that the Jews holy text, the Tanakh/Old Testament was written before the coming of Jesus. This helps provide proof that the whole Bible (Old Testament/New Testament) were not written at the same time.
Now if we know that the Old Testament and the New Testament were not written at the same time, then the prophecies and foreshadowings of the Old Testament could not have been made up. Rather, they were made in advance and fulfilled later on. The fulfilled prophecies and foreshadowings are THE ULTIMATE PROOF of GOD.
What are some prophecies and foreshadowings given by God in the Tanakh/Old Testament that have come to be fulfilled, he may ask.
Now let's look at the Tanakh/Old Testament foreshadowings/prophecies concerning Jesus.
1) Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem---Micah 5:2
2) the King/Messiah was to bring salvation was to ride into Jerusalem on an ***, upon a colt, the foal of an ***-----Zechariah 9:9
3) the price of Jesus' betrayal was told to be 30 pieces of silver, told who would end up with the money (the potter), and where the silver would be cast (the house of the Lord-----Zechariah 11:13
4) that the hands and feet would be pierced-----Psalm 22:16
5) that He would be born of a virgin---Isaiah 7:14
6) that He would be pierced for our transgressions---Isaiah 53:5
7) that He would die with wicked, be assigned a rich man's grave, though He had done no violence or said anything deceitful---Isaiah 53:9
One foreshadowing fulfilled by Jesus is the Passover Lamb.
The Passover lamb died on the 14th of Nisan. Its' blood was placed on the door frames of the Israelites homes to protect the Israelites from the angel of death and the plague of the first born males. Those that had faith that the blood of the lamb would save them (the Israelites) were protected from physical death. The Egyptians, who did not have faith in the blood, died. No bones were to be broken on the Passover lamb.
Jesus, the true Passover Lamb, died on the 14th of Nisan. Those who have faith in the blood of Jesus to save them will be spared of spiritual death. Those who do not believe will suffer spiritual death/eternal torment in the lake of fire. No bones were broken on Jesus.
One foreshadowing you may not have known of is the names of the first ten descendants/genealogy of Jesus.
Look at the genealogy from Adam to Noah.
God always rewards the diligent student. Let us examine this chapter more closely. In our Bible, we read the Hebrew names. What do these names mean in English?
The Composite List
Now let's put it all together:
Mahalalel-----------The Blessed God
Jared-----------------Shall come down
Methuselah-------------His death shall bring
Noah------------------------Rest, or comfort.
Let's put the message/foreshadowing together, now.
Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest.
There is the good news of Jesus in the genealogy from Adam to Noah.
So there is proof that Jesus is the Son of God from the Tanakh/Old Testament which was written hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus.
One fulfilled prophecy that was recently fulfilled was the Isaiah 9:10 prophecy that the best-selling book the Harbinger was about.
This prophecy was fulfilled by Tom Daschel and John Edwards after the 9/11 attack.
Tell him that you have given him things to ponder.
Tell him the only reasonable response is that the Bible is God's gift to mankind to show us what God wants from us and how he expects us to act and what the future is.
God wants us to know that Jesus/Yeshua is the Son of God and is the Savior of the world.
No one can get eternal life/heavenly life without faith in Jesus and repentance of our sinful ways.
We are all sinners and unless we have faith in Jesus, his blood cannot pay the penalty for our sins. The result is an eternal existence without God and his blessings. It is pure torment.
Any questions or comments, leave in the comments section.
May God Bless You Always