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If Jesus was the Messiah, why did only a handful of Jews believe in him?
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(09-25-2013, 08:04 AM)MarkW Wrote:
(06-05-2013, 10:40 AM)Shalom12345 Wrote: With all the supposed miracles he performed and prophecies he fulfilled, there'd be no doubt that Jesus was the Messiah, yet the vast majority of Jews didn't accept him. Even after his supposed resurrection very few Jews accepted Jesus. Either the Jews were blind or the authors of the NT made up all the things Jesus did.


You could ask the question another way. Why did only a few believe in the spies report? I will answer you: Unbelief. Unbelief blinded the majority as it always will.

Some seven centuries before the incarnation of Jesus, the Jewish prophet Isaiah saw that his people would reject the Suffering Servant. "Who has believed our report?...We hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him." (Isaiah 53:1, 3)

Isaiah 53:1 is included in the Gospel of John (12:38), and so is Isaiah 6:9-10 -- "He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them."

Terrible things have been done to Jews in Jesus' name (the Inquisition, the Holocaust, and more), but the Jewish rejection of Jesus is, as Isaiah forewarned, a spiritual problem. The rejection began quite early.

In the Brit Hadashah, we read that Jewish people were already being pressured not to follow Jesus, even while He was still alive.

"...the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue." (John 9:22)

"Nevertheless, even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue..." (John 12:42) See also John 16:2.

Today, Jewish people usually are discouraged from considering the claims of Jesus for themselves. In some cases, Jewish families have even held mock funerals for relatives who choose to follow Jesus. Jews who believe in Jesus often have lost family, friends and jobs because of their faith in Him.

The claims of Jesus simply aren't open for discussion in most circles. I've been in Brooklyn neighborhoods in which women have been taught to scream at the mere mention of His name.

However, even anti-missionaries admit that more Jews have put their faith in Jesus during the past 100 years than in the previous 1,900. A small but growing number of Jews are considering the claims of Jesus for themselves, and reaching their own conclusions.

"Jews for Jesus" have included or include Benjamin Disraeli, the great Victorian prime minister of Britain; planetary astronomer William Herschel, the father of sidereal science; composer Felix Mendelssohn, who wrote the music for "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing"; pediatrician Vera Schlamm, M.D., a survivor of the Bergen-Belsen death camp; mystery writer Andrew Klavan; and actor David Suchet ("Poirot").

God loved all of humanity so much that He sent His only begotten Son to offer Himself as payment for the sins of all who trust in Him. In every age, there have been Jews who have loved and followed Jesus -- at times, that number has been very small.

But have you ever noticed? -- God does some of His most important work through remnants...


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