“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.