It is surprising that only a few Jews recognised Jesus as the Messiah Do you agree

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“It is surprising that only a few Jews recognised Jesus as the Messiah” Do you agree

Many people don’t understand the reason that only a few Jews recognised Jesus as the Messiah. Many people would say that Jesus worked miracles, claimed to be the Son of God and came back from the dead so why would people not recognise Jesus as the Messiah. But if one looks deeper into the mentality and expectations of the average Jewish person on what they thought the Messiah would be like, it would be completely different to what Jesus was like and what we think the Messiah would be like.

The Greek translation of the Messiah is ‘The Anointed one.’ In the Old Testament Messiah was also the term for a King and anointing the King with oil was a mark that he was chosen by God, so technically they weren’t expecting “a Son of God”. I believe that Jews were expecting a King such as King David. “Son of David was another Messianic title. David was arguably Israel’s greatest ruler and during his reign was peace and prosperity. Jeremiah prophesised specifically about this, “The days are coming," declares the Lord, "when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.” Because of prophecies like this it was widely thought that the Messiah was going to be more of a political leader than anything else.

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During the 1st Century the Romans had control of Israel. Most Jews hoped for a Messiah that would be warrior. A group of people called the Zealots spent their time looking for a warrior Messiah. In the Book of Daniel it was prophesised that “one like the Son of Man will be ruling with God in glory.” This quotation emphasises that the Messiah would be powerful.

Another reason that the Jews didn’t recognise Jesus as the Messiah was because of the fact that in Deuteronomy 18:15-18 it talked about how God would raise up another prophet like Moses, “The LORD ...

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