The Man Who Would Be Messiah

03/20/2013

Growing up as a Christian, I always wondered why Christianity chose a Jew to be their savior. Somehow it just didn’t compute.  For that matter, why did Christianity accept Jehovah as God when he was in reality the personal god of the Chosen People?

In reading the Bible stories, it’s clear that Jesus set out to fulfill prophecy, from riding into Jerusalem on a donkey to allowing himself to be caught by the Romans and crucified.  There’s just one catch.  The biblical concept of a messiah was one of a Jewish messiah which was strictly for the Jewish people, which by definition excluded the Gentiles.  As part of their culture, Jews believed  that a messiah would be their king who would lead them to victory over their oppressors; King David was a prime example.  However, a spiritual messiah (such as Jesus) would have been all but unthinkable.

Other interesting sources on this subject are the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible itself.  The Dead Sea Scrolls indicate that there could be two messiahs at any one time, one a king descended from David and one a high priest descended from the priestly caste of Aaron.  In addition, some people of Jesus’ time actually believed that John the Baptist was the messiah (see the Gospel of Mark).

The ultimate problem is that the Jews never accepted Jesus as their messiah because he didn’t qualify according to their reckoning and according to their culture (see, among other things, the Book of Isaiah).  Interestingly enough, Christians who believe in the virgin birth might be surprised to learn that this alone would make it impossible for Jesus to be the messiah.  The reason is that the messiah had to descend from the House of David and Jesus could only have descended from David if Joseph was his biological father.

Down through the ages, there have been many pretenders who wished to be the messiah or whose followers generously bestowed that title on him.  Of course, the world is still waiting for the one who will supposedly usher in a new age of peace.  According to the Book of Isaiah, it will be a time when the whole world will worship the one god of Israel and when all Israelites will have been returned to their homeland; and it will be a man who will be referred to as Immanuel.  Obviously, he hasn’t come yet.

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2 Responses to “The Man Who Would Be Messiah”

  1. You do understand that the line of Christ does in deed go through Mary and Joseph. Joseph through Solomon and Mary through Nathan. (See Geneologies in Matthew and Luke.) Not only did he fulfill every prophecy about the Messiah, but there were three typologies of the Messiah. A king, priest, and a suffering servant. Jesus was the suffering servant when he came and fulfilled every prophecy (Isaiah 53), Right now he is acting as high priest (Hebrews 9), and when he returns he will act as king (Revelation 19-22). He can not return until the nation of Israel (namely its leaders since that is the people who rejected Him and His power through the Holy Spirit) calls out to Him. This will happen at the end the 7 years tribulation period also known as Daniel 70th week prophecy. (Daniel 9) The period ofthe tribulation is for the chosen people since they rejected Him. It is to bring about the 144,00 witnesses (12,000 from each of the 12 tribes) to spread the truth about Christ through out the world. Then 3 days prior to Jesus’ return when all the Jews are either holed up in Jerusalem and or Bosrah when the Anti-Christ (strong man to come in this age who will bring about “peace” and a one world religion and will also be killed, lie in the street for 3 days then rise again through the power of satan) is coming to kill them they will finally accept. I pray this makes sense to you.

    • chicagoja said

      Thank you for your comments. What I understand is that you believe in the literal interpretation of the Bible and that you accept, I assume on faith, a particular interpretation of the Bible. That said, there are other interpretations that other scholars and theologians have made which express different opinions from yours. As for myself, my beliefs are based on personal revelation. Hope you keep the faith.

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