Cyril Gordon: A Spiritual Journey Leads to Christ
By Rod Thomas
The 700 Club
Original Air Date: November 17, 2010
“I was searching for truth, the meaning of life. There’s something missing in my life. I didn’t know what it was.”
Cyril Gordon embarked on a spiritual journey to fill that void.
“It vacillated at that time in my life, in my late teens," Cyril tells The 700 Club. "Dabbling in existentialism, which says there’s no God. Also got drawn into eastern religion and philosophy, Zen, Daoism, Buddhism, even shaved my head back then, got into the Timothy Leary thing of taking hallucinogenics to find the truth.”
Cyril was Jewish, but had strayed far away from the path of God that he learned as a boy.
“The whole nirvana thing with New Age – it was kind of a mash up until my senior year of college when I took a course on Jewish mysticism. There I’m realizing that there areJews who want to know God. That got me looking into my Jewish roots.”
He decided becoming an orthodox Jew could be the answer.
“As I tried to be holy, to be quote ‘a good Jew’, at the same time I’m out of control. I’m living with a girlfriend. I’m addicted to porn. I’m not living a holy life. But outwardly here I am wearing tassels and eating kosher. Spiritually I was not satisfied. Yom Kipper every year, we’re supposed to fast and pray for our sins. I did that every year. I never left the synagogue any better than I came in, and I kept wondering, ‘There must be something missing.’”
His personal quest to find God took him to some strange places.
“I would take a lot of trips out to Saline Valley, Joshua Tree, Death Valley. Looking for answers.”
Cyril says God spoke to him on one of his trips to the desert.
“In His mercy, He showed me a vision of a roadway to heaven in the clouds. Next to it I saw another vision in a cloud of a man lying down. He looked like He was dead, lying on His back, and He had a crown of thorns around His head. I wondered, ‘Who’s that and what does He have to do with the other vision?'"
Cyril realized it was Jesus and wanted to learn more about Him.
“I picked up a New Testament, the Jerusalem version. I figured if it said Jerusalem it was okay. I started reading the New Testament. The more I read about Jesus the more I was drawn to Him actually.”
Later, he met a woman who was reading a Bible. He recalls, “It had the Old and the New Testament in it. I didn’t know that Christians read the Old Testament. She had a genuine faith in the God of Israel as a gentile. That intrigued me.”
As he slept one night, he saw another vision.
“This being appears in my dream in glory like I’ve never seen before in my life. I’m not looking at this with my eyes. I’m in a dream, but this is real. I don’t know how else to explain it, but I thought I was going to die in the presence of this being with eyes so bright that they were brighter than the sun. In His hand was an old looking parchment, and it had all this writing on it and I couldn’t read it. It was too small. But I knew in my spirit that it was my whole life up to that point. In the bottom in big bold letter it said, ‘IT’S TIME TO COME HOME.’”
Soon after that vision, he began reading more about the Jewish Jesus.
“I picked up Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell. There, all of a sudden, I’m seeing the prophecies of who the Messiah of Israel is and how they were fulfilled in Jesus. I’m reading this just wondering, ‘My God, why didn’t I see this before? Why didn’t anyone ever tell me this?’”
He prayed to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
“It was like a brick house lifted off me, a dark, heavy stickiness. This is what I’ve been looking for. I knew that all my sins had been forgiven, that I was right with God now.”
Cyril moved to Hawaii for his job and met other Christians.
“I really got discipled. I met a great Christian community there. I met other Jews who believed in Jesus. I thought I was the only one when it happened to me. It was really exciting to meet others.”
Cyril knows that not only has his life been changed by accepting Jesus, he is also fulfilling Biblical prophecy.
“Jesus said that He’s the Way, the Truth and the Life. Nobody comes to the Father but through Him. So for me it’s a homecoming as a Jew. This is where Jews belong. I have a peace I never had before. The restlessness I had is gone. I know where I’m going. I know I’m right with God, thanks to the Lord Jesus.”
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