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Why Can’t the Jews See That Jesus is the Messiah?

As a Messianic Jewish pastor in Israel, I get this question all the time.

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“Why can’t Jews see that Yeshua (Jesus) is the promised Messiah? It’s so clear from the Bible. Don’t they read the prophecies?”

That’s a question I get all the time. People seem to think that the Jews should be able to recognize their own Messiah more readily than others, and can’t fathom the ongoing Jewish resistance to the Gospel. Why is that?

 

Resistance to the Gospel is not a Jewish problem

It should not surprise us that Jewish people reject Yeshua (Jesus). Doesn’t the Bible teach that all of us, men and women, Jew and Gentile alike, resist the Gospel for the same reason – our sin and the pride that refuses to acknowledge our need for a Messiah or his forgiveness? In this there is no difference between Jew and Gentile. Resistance to the Gospel is common amongst all peoples, and there will always be few who are willing to enter the narrow gate and live by the teachings of Yeshua.

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