Why wasn't Jesus recognized as Messiah? John 1: 4&5, 9-11

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Prophesy about the Messiah as a victorious king


Genesis 3:15; 49:10

Psalm 2; 68:18; 110;

Isaiah 9:1-7; 63:1-6



Prophesy of a humble Messiah


Psalm 69:19-21

Isaiah 53

Zechariah 12:10-14


Lists are not comprehesive




What can we learn about life from this passage?



Life - is found in the Word/Jesus.


Life is Light


Life is available to everyone


Why? -Because He created us


Note - many people can make a great living, but not everyone has a great life. Consider the rich man who would give up all his wealth just to have one of his many marriages survive



John 1: 4-5, 9-11 –“In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.”


God’s chosen people thought they lived in a dark world, and their lives were difficult. They lived under the control of Rome and resented every minute of it. It wasn’t all bad; Herod was spending a fortune and an eternity restoring their temple to unsurpassed beauty and glory. Of course that didn’t win him any forgiveness for placing forbidden idols in their holy place of worship. There was some freedom. They could worship as they wanted and they had limited authority to rule themselves, but it wasn’t enough. Herod was a cruel leader. He was quick to get rid of anyone he perceived as a threat. Taxes were heavy under his command. Some of it used to build temples for Emperor Worship, which really rubbed the Jews the wrong way. The scary thing was his insanity, insecure and afraid of anything that threatened his power, they never knew what he was going to do next. Even his own sons were not immune to his paranoia and jealousy, several had been executed. So when he heard the rumor that a king had been born in Bethlehem, it led him to order all the baby boys younger than 2 slaughtered. The hearts of the people were broken. Anger simmered, despair hovered in the shadows. There seemed to be no way out. They needed help. Where was their God, why didn’t he rescue them? History told many stories of his intervention in desperate times. Those who knew the scriptures preached hope. Over 400 years ago, prophets told of a Savior, a warrior who would come and crush his enemies under his feet, who would lead the captives to victory. He would be a ruler who brought peace and justice to the land, a king whose kingdom would last forever. (Genesis 3:15; Psalm 68:18; Isaiah 2: 4; Daniel 7:13)This was the Messiah they were looking for; they wanted someone to rescue them from the darkness in their lives brought on by the Romans. But that’s not why Jesus came; he came to give them life, but not a life free from the Romans. He came to free them from the darkness, but not the darkness brought on by their circumstances. Because of this, many rejected him and missed out on the life he was offering.


It is easy to see the problem those first century Jews faced when we realize that the Old Testament prophesies of the Messiah seemed to contradict themselves. Many didn’t recognize Jesus as their Messiah, because they were looking for a victorious King who would rule forever. Those prophesies would come true, but there were others that needed to be fulfilled first. Prophesies that spoke of a humble Messiah. One who would be rejected and led like a lamb to slaughter. (Isaiah 53) Jesus explained these contradictions by promising them that He would come again, as a mighty warrior in the clouds,(Luke 21:27) but they didn’t understand what he was talking about. I imagine that those who studied the scripture, looked at the different prophesies and chose the ones that they thought would suit their needs the best. They were looking for political salvation, not necessarily personal salvation. They were proud of their heritage as children of Abraham, and proud of their ability to follow the law. They didn’t need to be free from sin. They could do that themselves. In doing so, they missed out on what they truly needed, the true light and life found only in Jesus.


How often do we make the same mistake? We look to God to resolve our current problems and remove our unpleasant circumstances and when He doesn’t fix them for us right away, we decide He isn’t there. I have learned that trusting God to take care of me does not mean that bad things won’t happen. They are a part of life. The miracle occurs in seeing all the little things God does to help me through those hard times. Trials are guaranteed and God does not promise to protect his children from them, only to be with us while we go through them. Psalm 23:4 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” They have a purpose for us; they make us stronger Christians and better people. James 1:2 – “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking in anything” .


Without Christ, the world is a dark place. In spite of all our human advancements, we are still empty inside. Our sin has built a wall between us and our creator. Jesus came to knock down that wall so we can have a personal relationship with God, and experience a life full of purpose and live a life of light in a dark world. All we need to do is to repent and accept his sacrifice for us, letting him take leadership in our lives.


Thank you for reading! You can continue with #7 Who was John the Baptist.


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preacher2003 4 years ago

As we look at the verses below, Jesus actually told them who He was, as He said "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." (Luke 4:21 KJV)

He told them, yet they chose not to believe Him.They would not and could not, by refusal, relate their "Messiah" with the "carpenters son" who they had known.

Surely, Now, as many died and went to Hell and some that went to Heaven of course, they definitely all know who He really is.Their hardened hearts and looking for the creation rather than the creator... this caused their great trouble....

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

(Isaiah 61:1-3 KJV)

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

(Luke 4:18-21 KJV)


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preacher2003 4 years ago

April did write a great article...!


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK

This is an excellent Hub.


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zzron 4 years ago from Houston, TX.

Very informative and very educational. Thanks for the research.


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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona Author

Yes preacher, Jesus did tell them clearly who he was and there were many prophesies that he fufilled. The purpose of the hub was to give some insight on why John would say in 1:11 "that he came to his own and his own did not recieve him." Jesus challenged their expectations for the Messiah. They wanted him to be king(John 6:15)and fight for them, but he came to die for them. Thank you for reading my hub. I'm glad you liked it!


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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona Author

Thank you searchinsany, I am glad you took the time to read and enjoy!


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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona Author

You are welcome zzron. Thank you for stopping by!


Prince Johnny 4 years ago

Peace, Eternity Long life shall be with you. In the name of the Almighty father and his first Born.

love


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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona Author

Thank you Prince Johnny, I appreciate the blessing!


MIKE D 4 years ago

"All we need to do is to accept his sacrifice for us and let him take leadership in our lives." One crucial thing is missing here: repentence!"All we need to do is REPENT"(and then finish the rest of your sentence) . I'm sure you are aware of that, but for someone reading your statement..they might miss it..and repentence is both necessary and crucial for salvation. Otherwise, great article and I really enjoy reading them. Your word study on the word Logos is excellente! :) Keep up the great work, for God's Glory, M.


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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona Author

Thank you for pointing that out Mike! I really appreciate it and I'm sorry I missed it. I will try to get it changed today and check my other hubs too. I'm glad you liked Logos, that was one of my favorites too!


newenglandsun 3 years ago

Isaiah 9 refers to Jesus?

http://biblos.com/isaiah/9-6.htm

These verbs are all in past-tense form. The waw conjunction makes the verb that it is placed in front of the opposite form of what it is normally. Thus, yiqra means "will be called" but "wayyiqra" means "was called".

There is not a single verb in this that isn't past tense. Thus, a child "was born" not "will be born" and his name "was called" not "will be called" and the government "rested" not "will rest" on his shoulders.


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April Reynolds 3 years ago from Arizona Author

Hi newengland!

Sorry, Hebrew grammar is a little out of my league. I can’t find anything right now on this either. But since I believe Jesus is eternal, and that the whole plan of his birth, death and resurrection was in place since the very beginning, I don’t mind if a prophet refers to any of it in the past tense in a prophesy. I think there are other places where Isaiah or other prophets refer to future events in past tense. You’ll have to let me know if you are interested enough for me to try and find them.

There are plenty of other prophesies that I could have used to make my point in the hub, I just happened to pick one you disagree with.

Hope you're out enjoying this awesome day.


newenglandsun 3 years ago


newenglandsun 3 years ago

This should help get Hebrew grammar into your league

http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Biblical-Hebrew-Da...

The book we're using for class. We're almost through with it then we'll start making arguments about the translation referencing back to the book.


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April Reynolds 3 years ago from Arizona Author

Thanks Newengland, that looks like a good book to have. Maybe someday. I liked the Opeth song best, even though it made me sad. The Marduk music was good, but I don't really like their growl. The music from 300 was good too, but I found myself watching the video and not listening to the words. I heard it was a good movie and thought I'd want to see it sometime, but it looked a little gory for me.

I am curious. When you first came on my hub you said the Bible was full of contradictions and asked how I could believe it. So after answering all these questions, have I been able to show you that the contradictions are really just a misunderstanding of context and/or perspective?


newenglandsun 3 years ago

I'm still looking. I haven't read it much lately to be perfectly honest. The 1 Tim. 6:15-16 and 1 Tim. 1:17 cleared some confusion I had up but I am still not certain if Jesus is God or if he was even raised from the dead.

It does help to look at the context a bit but Matthew 1:17 and 1:1-16 are contradictory. And I am still way skeptic on the notion of the virgin birth.


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April Reynolds 3 years ago from Arizona Author

Hi Newengland, just wanted to let you know I haven't forgotten you. I can't remember if we talked about Matt. 1 or not and haven't had a chance to go back and look.

The virgin birth may be a contradiction of logic, but it's not contradicted in the bible. I'll look at Matt as soon as I get a chance. off to a job interview.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

It's not so much of it being a contradiction as I have no way of knowing if it was the authors' intended purpose.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

there are many bible contradictions that i found

http://www.myconfinedspace.com/wp-content/uploads/...


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April Reynolds 3 years ago from Arizona Author

I don't know why I can't access this site. Did you write it?


newenglandsun 3 years ago

No. I stumbled upon it. That stinks. It's basically a huge picture of thousands of different contradictions in the Bible.


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April Reynolds 3 years ago from Arizona Author

yes, for some reason there seems to be a black screen over the page when I access the link. But that is ok, I have seen something like it before, truthfully I wasn't impressed. Many of them were contradictions of logic and I will admit there are things in the bible that defy our human logic. The rest showed a lack of understanding of what the Bible was saying that was impressive. Of course what I read had a lot of commentary to it that was so malicious and hateful in nature that I wasn't able to read more than a couple of pages.

I have some personal comments to make about this if you are willing to allow me to be honest without having to worry about offending you.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

It just has questions with verses that do not equate with each other. How is that hateful?


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April Reynolds 3 years ago from Arizona Author

Oh, I can't read the one you sent, I read something similar somewhere else. That one had a lot of commentary added to it


newenglandsun 3 years ago

There isn't much commentary on this one.

Examples include: Are all scriptures inspired? 2 Tim. 3:16 does not equal 1 Cor. 7:12.

It basically is just a black screen with the questions in white and the verses in black.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

In red, excuse me.

Where have you been lately?


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April Reynolds 3 years ago from Arizona Author

first the kids were sick and up at night, then I was sick and up at night and since the schedule doesn't slow down I'm just tired. I'm going to try to write something today, but don't hold your breath.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

I'm sorry.


newenglandsun 3 years ago

Any puke?


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April Reynolds 3 years ago from Arizona Author

thank goodness no!


newenglandsun 3 years ago

Last time I threw up, I couldn't move for about a day.

On the other hand, I have another idea for my wordpress defending trv heavy metal music (and true heavy metal music).

I haven't put it into action yet though.

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