From the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem to today, there are still many Jews who haven’t turned to Jesus and acknowledged that he was the Messiah that they have been waiting for. Why? The prophecies of the Messiah are clearly written in the Old Testament of the Bible, why do the people who believe in Jehovah not accept Jesus as their Savior? Below are the top ten reasons for why they don’t accept Jesus, and we look forward to having you to discuss these reasons together with us.
First, they debated on the birth of Jesus. At that time some Jews believed that he was an illegitimate child (see John 7:34). After that whenever they saw in the scriptures that Mary was a virgin and conceived a child by the Holy Spirit, they did not believe it was true.
Second, the social status of Jesus was too lowly. He was a carpenter’s son and grew up in Nazareth. The Jews believed that nothing good like a prophet could come out of that place.
Third, Jesus violated their rules. The biggest conflict was over the Sabbath when Jesus cured the sickness to save them, which destroyed their religious traditions.
Fourth, Jesus often associated with sinners. The Jewish people, especially the scribes and Pharisees, would not ever dine with sinners. But Jesus would often eat with sinners and preach the gospel to them.
Fifth, Jesus never performed miracles in front of their eyes, so this would make all their questions unexplainable.
Sixth, Jesus always criticized the hypocrisy of the Judaists. For that, the religious leader and their coworkers could not tolerate Jesus’ conduct.
Seventh, Jesus preached the gospel to the Gentiles. The Jews have never taken the initiative to preach or associate with the Gentiles. They felt that their religious beliefs belonged to their nation only, and they believed that they were a superior nation. Therefore, they didn’t understand God’s plan for salvation through the Jews was to preach the gospel to all the peoples of the world.
Eighth, Jesus said he was the Son of God, who would come on a cloud to judge them. The Jews’ understanding of the Messiah was like a prophet similar to Moses or Elijah in the Old Testament. Therefore they did not regard the Messiah as their God. This is because they did not have a deep understanding of the prophecies of in the Old Testament that told of the divinity of the Messiah. So when Jesus claimed to be God, they accused him of blasphemy.
Ninth, Jesus didn’t resist the Roman Empire. At that time, when Israel was under control of Rome, the people were hoping for Jesus to come as a Messiah to rescue them from the rule of the Romans. When they saw Jesus did none of that, instead of shouts of welcome, they screamed, “Crucify Him!”
Tenth, the death of Jesus was on the cross. The Old Testament books didn’t specifically mention the Messiah’s death to be on the cross, which has become a stumbling block to the Jews. As the result, they didn’t understand the meaning of the cross and denied the gospel of Jesus.
EMTM wrote this article. The third edition in Chinese was published on February 26, 2007. The edition of translation was published on February 5, 2009.
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