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,