HOW COME THE MAJORITY OF THE JEWS REJECTED JESUS AS THE MESSIAH EVEN THOUGH THE FATHER TESTIFIED FROM HEAVEN?
The saddest text in the Bible could be what John penned down regarding Jesus being rejected by His own country men:
He came unto his own, and his own received him not. (John 1:11)
Yes, the Father spoke from Heaven testifying about His Son. The Holy Spirit came down in public view and lighted on Him in the form of a dove. The Old Testament Scriptures clearly confirmed who He was. The greatest prophet, John the Baptist, introduced Jesus as the "Lamb of God" to the world. Christ's life and works were a powerful testimony that He was what He claimed to be. (Matthew 3:16, 17; John 5:39, 36; John 1:29)
How come, then, the vast majority of the people did not believe Him? The Lord Himself gave us the answer as to where the problem was. Jesus told the unbelieving Jews:
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me....For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? (John 5:39, 46, 47)
"For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me", Jesus said. Therefore it is obvious that the people did not believe the Scriptures! That was the problem.
If one does not believe the Bible, even if God speaks from Heaven, or even if God comes down as man he will not believe! That is shocking, but true. That is exactly what happened two thousand years back.
Jesus said that they believed not Moses' and other writings of Scripture. For sure Jesus was speaking the truth. But if you see the Bible record, you will notice many times the enemies of Jesus quoting the Scriptures, and in fact they declared that they were Moses' followers! On one occasion they told the blind man whom Jesus healed:
Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples. We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is. (John 9:28, 29)
Did they really believe the writings of Moses and the prophets? Jesus said they didn't! Though they were quoting Moses and the prophets often, believing is more than just reading them and knowing what is written therein. The problem with them was along with the writings of the Scriptures they had their own traditions which they were practicing. Look at how closely they followed traditions:
Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?... Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (Matthew 15:1-3, 7-9)
The truth of the Scriptures mixed with the traditions of men made the Jews reject the Messiah! Will Jesus be rejected today, in the Christian world, if He came back as a man?
We know that Christ will come again in the clouds with power and great glory. There is no question of man rejecting Him at His Second Coming. The question is--will He reject us at His coming?
Many who expect to be accepted by Him will be shocked on that day. The reason they would be rejected is because of the repetition of the same mistakes of the Jews. Man is still committing the fatal error of mixing truth with tradition; therefore the truth of the Word of God is not fully obeyed. The Lord Himself presents this shocking news that most will hear at His coming.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. (Matthew 7:21-27)