There were three main reasons the Jews were not ready for Jesus to come the first time. They had a “signs and wonders gospel”, they had a “kingdom now gospel” and they had a “prosperity gospel”. As it says in Daniel 7:21-22, the saints take full possession of the kingdom after the return of Christ—not before. His kingdom is not of this world. Yet the Jews wanted someone who would get rid of the Romans the way the Maccabees had disposed of the Greeks a century and a half earlier…
So they rejected the true Messiah because He would not tell them what they wanted to hear and they would not believe the truth that He gave them. Today the same errors of prosperity theology cause Christians to reject the true Messiah for the same reasons. Health, wealth and prosperity can only be fully realized at His return. Until then we may experience a foretaste of the coming blessings, but the message of the Gospel is to pick up our cross and follow the Suffering Servant so that we will be ready for the return of the coming king.
We may now understand why Jesus told the Jews, “You will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!’” They had said it to the Son of David, when they should have been saying it to the Son of Joseph. They should have embraced a Suffering Servant as opposed to looking for prosperity, and looked for a kingdom to come instead of a kingdom now. This is borne out by Zechariah 12:10 which says that upon His return His own people, the Jews, will see the one they had pierced and know that the Son of David is also the Son of Joseph. – Jacob Prasch, The Final Words of Jesus and Satan’s Lies Today.
Continuing again today with a couple passages from the Gospel of Luke…
And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. 30 For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation (Luke 11:29-30 KJV).
Jesus knew that the crowds gathered were largely there only to see Him put on a signs and wonders show. So, He tells them that they should be concerned with the “Sign” that mattered most—the “Sign of Jonas.” The Prophet Jonah was resurrected from the belly of the whale after three days, and, likewise, He would Resurrect after three days. As well, Nineveh was given 40 days in which to repent in order to avoid Divine Judgment—which they did. Israel was given forty years in which to repent after Crucifying Christ—which they did not. Repentance in the case of the Gentile Ninevites adverted judgment; unbelief in the other determined the destruction.
The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here (Luke 11:31-32 KJV).
Jesus testifies to the truthfulness of the Scriptures respecting the Queen of the South, plus Jonah and the men of Nineveh, and He affirms the fact of the Resurrection and the judgment to come.
Now, skipping ahead a little…
There were present at that season some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish (Luke 13:1-3 KJV).
Something had happened—probably at the previous Passover—where Pilate had dispatched soldiers to quell the disturbances at the Temple. Some of the Galileans had been killed while they were offering up Sacrifices at the great Altar immediately in front of the Temple, and as a result, their “blood” had mingled with the blood of the Sacrifices.
Jesus knew that the religious leaders to which he spoke believed that the Galileans had suffered because were worse sinners than others. They assumed that the judgments suffered by these people was because of their great sins; they reasoned that they themselves were much more righteous and would not suffer such. But Jesus tells them differently.
Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish (Luke 13:4-5 KJV).
It is said that the Jews looked on the catastrophe as a judgment on the workmen who perished because Pilate paid them out of Temple money. It had to do with the pool of Siloam located in Jerusalem. Jesus repeats for a second time, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee. 32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. 33 Nevertheless I must walk to day, and tomorrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem (Luke 13:31-33 KJV).
Here we find certain Pharisees making the pretense of friendliness and concern toward Jesus, but their true objective was to stop Him in His Work and silence His Preaching. The “Herod” spoken of here was the Herod who murdered John the Baptist. Herod was actually one of many Antichrist types, and Jesus calls him such. He also tells these religious leaders to tell Herod that He of His coming Death, Resurrection, Ascension, and Exaltation.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which kills the prophets, and stones them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! 35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord (Luke 13:34-35 KJV).
The rejection of Christ by His Own People, causes the “times of the Gentiles” to be continued, with the Government of God concerning Earth delayed. They were given countless opportunities for Repentance, but to no avail. “Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the LORD” is a quote from Psalms 118:26, and it speaks of the coming Kingdom Age, which will begin with the Second Coming. What a Day, Glorious Day that will be!
On a personal update, my uncle started chemo earlier this week… And tear-down began on the shop part of my family’s business… Insurance re-imbursement is trickling in slowly now… and in relatively small amounts compared to the size of the claim… But we plug precariously on…
Now, finally, today, a hymn…
Like sheep we went astray, and broke the fold of God, each wandering in a different way, but all the downward road. How dreadful was the hour when God our wanderings laid, and did at once His vengeance pour, upon the Shepherd’s head! Love’s redeeming work is done, fought the fight, the battle won; Lo! Our Sun’s eclipse is o’er; Lo! He sets in blood no more.
Vain the stone, the watch, the seal; Christ hath burst the gates of hell; death in vain forbids His rise; Christ hath opened Paradise. Lives again our glorious King; where, O death, is now thy sting? Once He died our souls to save; where thy victory, boasting Grave? — Cudworth