As we approach the annual remembrance of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection in just a few days, let’s look at one of the most obvious questions from what we’ve been learning about Christianity’s Core Belief.
Why don’t Jews believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah of Israel? Jesus was Jewish and lived in Israel in the early part of the 1st century AD when the Jerusalem Temple was still standing. His early followers were Jewish. Most of the writers of the New Testament were Jewish.
Most Jews and Christians agree that after a long time of trouble, God will establish Israel as the foremost nation in the world and will bring about universal peace. That’s where the Messiah comes into the picture. Some Jews believe the Messiah will be a man from the lineage of King David, with impeccable spiritual credentials, who will lead Israel to defeat the great…
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