Why Jews Reject Jesus Christ As The Messiah
Posted by Job on October 2, 2008
From Fancied Freedom.
What stood out the most to me was one of the responses from the Conservative Jewish rabbi. He explained his reason, and I suppose other Jews’ reasons, for not believing that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. I was able to record the conversation, for professional purposes, so here is his exact quote:
I think it had not to do with the issue of resurrection because the issue of resurrection was a very solemnly-held Jewish belief. If there hadn’t been the doctrine of resurrection then the claims made or the faith that he was resurrected would not have been accepted by anyone, it would have been just discarded as silliness. So, it wasn’t on the issue of resurrection – it was really on the issue of whether or not he was coming to fulfill the beliefs the Jews had in terms of what the Messiah was supposed to accomplish – that was a radical change in the existence of the world. The world was supposed to be at peace, there was supposed to be a cessation of violence, blood shed and pain and hunger and so forth. And there was supposed to be a messianic era, not internally but physically, in the real world. And clearly that hasn’t happened and so the Jews were very skeptical of that and did not follow in that way.
He goes on to explain the other reason Jews do not believe that Jesus Christ is their Messiah:
There was a very difficult part of this in comprehending the claims of Jesus having some divinity. And I think the reason is if you look through biblical text you’ll see that there’s prohibitions against all sorts of things that represent hybrids. So you can’t muzzle an ox and a donkey together, you can’t throw different kinds of seeds in the same field, you can’t with your garment put two different kinds of threads in here, intermarriage was prohibited. So anything that was hybrid…all this was prohibited. If you think about it as a theological extension then Jesus would be the ultimate hybrid between human and God. And so, for Jews, we’re strict monotheists, there could not be that kind of crossing of that line of envisioning anything of the flesh having that kind of divinity associated with it. That’s where we are.
As soon as the rabbi finished speaking, my mind (more specifically the Holy Spirit) immediately brought me to Isaiah 9:6-7 which says:
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.
As for Jesus’ purpose on earth and the claim that the Messiah was expected to bring peace to existence, here is what He, the Anointed One, said in Matthew 10:32-39:
Therefore, everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth; I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father and a daughter against her mother and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take up his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.
Is it possible for Jesus to be the Prince of Peace but say that He did not come to bring peace on earth? Yes, for He also clearly said that this world is not His. The ruler of this world is the devil. There will come a time when there will be no end to Jesus’ peace and that will the day when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. Until then, we can expect to not have peace on earth but we do have the promise of peace in OUR lives despite our circumstances (Philippians 4:4-7) when Christ is our Lord and we take up our cross and FOLLOW HIM.