Immanuel Lutheran Church in Story City is hosting an event for Palm Sunday called “Messiah in the Passover.” Sunday, April 9, is Palm Sunday, and the program will be held at 1 p.m.

“It features Trevor Rubenstein, a guest speaker from Chosen People Ministries, and is open to the community,” said Pastor Kurt Jensen.

Messiah in the Passover, a vivid and exciting demonstration showing how Jesus fulfilled the ancient feast of Passover, Rubenstein said.

Rubenstein is with Good News for Israel, now partnering with Chosen People Ministries. CPM is an over 100-year-old mission that was founded in 1894 by Leopold Cohn, a Hungarian rabbi who came to believe that Jesus is the Messiah promised in the Hebrew Scriptures. From humble beginnings in Brooklyn, N.Y, Chosen People Ministries has grown into a worldwide ministry, he said.

Messiah in the Passover beings with the traditional Passover Seder table — complete with all the elements of this important Jewish celebration.

“The Messiah in the Passover presentation is a powerful visual message not only of Israel’s freedom from slavery in Egypt, but of the redemption of individuals from the bondage of sin through the atoning work of Jesus,” Rubenstein said. “The program is designed to give participants a deeper understanding both of Passover and of the Communion table.”

Rubenstein will explain the symbolic meanings of the various items of the Passover feast and highlight their relationship to the Last Supper that Jesus celebrated with his disciples, giving special emphasis on the redemptive significance of the crucifixion.

Rubenstein was born in Virginia, Minn., where he was raised in a nominal Conservative Jewish home. His family moved to Littleton, Colo., when he was a boy. He received his Bar Mitzvah at 13, but he later embraced atheism.

Rubenstein struggled with depression and thoughts of suicide which led to drinking and drug abuse. He was eventually expelled from high school.

Later, when attending a local community college, he unknowingly entered a Bible study put together by a cult. He read the words of Jesus for the first time and became overwhelmed by the presence of the Lord.

Rubenstein didn’t join the cult but soon after did give his life to Jesus (Yeshua). He says that immediately after his salvation, the depression was gone and he never returned to the substance abuse.

Rubenstein spent much of the next 20 years ministering to people in distress, studying the Bible, and studying the history and teachings of other religions particularly modern rabbinical Judaism.

He was also the director of the oldest evangelical outreach to the Jewish people in America. Currently, Rubenstein is still active in evangelism and discipleship, leading evangelism groups in Minneapolis. He is also embarking on receiving his M.Div. in Messianic Jewish Studies from The Talbot School of Theology through the Charles L. Feinberg Center.

“Messiah in the Passover gives the Christian community insight into Jewish traditions so that the Jewish roots of Christianity can be better understood,” he said. “This program also helps the Jewish and Christian communities understand their common heritage.”

This presentation is open to the public, and Immanuel Lutheran would like to invite the Christian as well as the Jewish community to attend. A freewill offering will be received for Chosen People Ministries. The church is located at 604 Lafayette in Story City. For more information, please call 515-733-4972.