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Why do Jews reject Jesus?
There was one title that Jesus used more than any other when describing himself, Son of Man, bar Anash. This title is from the Book of Daniel.
"In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” (Daniel 7:13-14)
This passage identifies a majestic supernatural being, coming in the clouds and receiving authority from God, the Ancient of Days and then, incredibly, describes him like a “son of man”. In other words, this apparently divine person appears to be just like you and me, a human being, a “son of man”. A man, yet more than a man.
This single passage has been said to be the clearest announcement of the Redeemer ever developed by ancient Judaism. Then what better scripture to identify with if you are that very Redeemer! So that is what Jesus did.
Finally, we look at Jesus at the very end of things, the Second Coming. But what is the Jewish expectation? To find out we have to return to the aftermath of Jesus’ first visit to Earth.
Jewish people have an extra barrier to cross before they could possibly come to a point of faith in the true Messiah. For them, Jesus, The name of the Lord, is a curse word, in the fullest definition of the word. And as for “Christ”, no other word sends more of a shiver down a Jewish spine! There’s a simple reason of how this can be and it is laid firmly at the foot of the institutional Church. To give you an insight, here are the words that a medieval Jew was forced to recite when he agreed to convert to Catholicism.
“I do here and now renounce every rite and observance of the Jewish religion, detesting all its most solemn ceremonies … I promise that I will never return to the vomit of Jewish superstition … I will shun all intercourse with other Jews and have the circle of my friends only among other Christians … We will not associate with the accursed Jews who remain unbaptized … We will not celebrate the Passover, the Sabbath or other feast days connected with the Jewish religion … And I absolutely renounce every custom and institution of the Jewish laws … in one word I renounce absolutely everything Jewish … Together with the ancients, I anathemise also the Chief Rabbis and new evil doctors of the Jews …”
So, an aversion to Jesus is in Jewish genes. Paul even foreknew this, he wrote it in his letter to the Romans.
“Israel has experienced a hardening in part …“ (Romans 11:25)
This is an extract from the book, Hebraic Church, available for £10 at http://www.sppublishing.com/hebraic-church-101-p.asp