Why The Jews Did Not See Jesus
The Jews did not recognize their Messiah because Jesus did not match their idea of a Redeemer and King. They believed He would come and conquer their enemy, set them free, and re-establish Israel as a great nation. They knew nothing of the church.
Colossians 1:26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
There was a hidden mystery no one knew of until the cross of Christ. The Jews did not see God tearing down the wall between them and Gentiles. They had an external system that God Himself gave them and changing that system to internal, to include Gentiles ,and killing the Messiah was not how they viewed His coming. What is the mystery, anyone who believes in their heart on Jesus Christ and profess with their mouth Jesus is Lord receives Christ in their heart. The cross of Christ is now the way to come before God and anyone who believes on and in the Son of God is granted access. (Ephesians 2:18)
When this mystery was revealed, why did the Jews not see? In Luke 24:25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. Jesus is explaining that the Old Testament is about Him, His sacrifice and victory over death. The Jews had become so religious they believed there works made them righteous even tho Isaiah says, “Your works are as filthy rags.” Jesus was an embarrassment to the Jews. He did not fit their profile of a King.
The Jews knew a Messiah was coming, what happened? Let’s look at Mark 14:62 Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” 62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Jesus says – I AM = (Exodus 3:13-14) Jesus called Himself God! 63 The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. 64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?” They all condemned him as worthy of death.
John 6:33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe.
John 6:41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?
How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven?’
Jesus says I came from heaven and give life to the world. The Jews had no understanding of what He was saying. Their rituals and religious ways kept getting in the way of understanding what He was telling them. Jesus is telling them He is the One Who satisfies and gives contentment. Religion focuses on self, how good you are and how to convince God you’re good.
Acts 1:6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
Israel knew they were chosen by God, because they had been told they are God’s treasure (Deuteronomy 7:6). The Jews knew when the Messiah came He would restore Israel back to the covenant God made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and would bring justice to set things right (Isaiah 16:5). Even after Jesus crucifixion and resurrection His disciples were asking – Are you going to do as was promised?
How did the Jews see Jesus?
They saw him as a teacher – John 3:1 Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a TEACHER come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Jesus is telling Nicodemus, someone who is highly respected in a position of influence and called THE teacher of Israel among his people, that being born a Jew is not enough for you to inherit the kingdom of God.
So, what did the Jews not see? The Jews did not understand when the Son of God came into the world from heaven it would change and challenge their knowledge of scripture, traditions and way of living. The Pharisees and the educated had a view of how God was going to accomplish His promises. This blinded them and they were not prepared for what was about to happen so they were also blind sided.
God did tell them that in – Isaiah 53
1. The Messiah would come with nothing that would make Him stand out as royalty…
2. The Messiah would be hated and rejected by His own people (John 1:11)…
3. The Messiah would not be and not have anything that would be considered worth having…
It is the pride of thinking I am good, I am better, and I am able that causes man to be blind. God tells us in 1 John 2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life —is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
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