I thirst

After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” John 19:28

“To fulfill the Scripture”, these four words are why the Jewish priests and the rest of the Jewish ruling class were without excuse in not recognizing the Messiah. The Old Testament, specifically the books of Isaiah and Daniel gave ample evidence of the Messiah’s identity and time He was coming. In fact the Jews were expecting the Messiah when Jesus lived. Form Daniel they knew approximately when he would come and from Micah they knew where He would be born. Isaiah told them what the Messiah would do, heal, restore sight, raise the dead and preach the Good News. No, anyone with knowledge of Scripture and an open mind would be able to recognize the Messiah when He came.

So why did so many not recognize Jesus for who he was? There are most likely two reasons. One is that for the ruling class, they just did not want to upset the status quo. They were living quiet comfortable under the Romans and now here comes Jesus stirring things up. Getting the people aroused, bringing attention from Rome. Who knew what might happen if Jesus kept up his unorthodox teaching. For most Jews, they were expecting a warrior king, another David, someone who would throw off the Roman yoke and bring back the Jewish kingdom. This second reason is understandable if one reads all of Isaiah 61:1-3. But is Luke 4:16-21 that Jesus told them that only part of the Isaiah verses were fulfilled at that time. The second part was to come. Jesus only reads from Isaiah 61:1 to the first phrase of Isaiah 61:2 where He stops reading in mid sentence and hands the scroll back to the attendant. Still all the miracles should have been enough, especially along with scripture.

God did not keep the Messiah a secret he gave the people ample ways to tell the true Messiah from the false messiahs. Jesus did many things that fulfilled scripture; in fact Matthew wrote his Gospel to show his fellow Jews just how Jesus had fulfilled the scriptures and was the Messiah. Good always gives us ample evidence to find Him. We just have to open our eyes and see and open our minds to Him.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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