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Every unprejudiced person might have seen from [Isaiah 52:13–53:13] that the Messiah, when he came, was not to be surrounded with pomp, but would come as “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief,” to be “despised and rejected of men.” Yet, though the truth was written as with a sunbeam, and the Jewish people were pretty generally acquainted with their own Scriptures, so that they had the opportunity of knowing it, yet when the Messiah came unto his own, his own received him not, and though favoured with the clearest prophecies concerning him they rejected his claims, and cried, “Let him be crucified!”

—Charles Spurgeon, cited in John MacArthur, The Gospel According to God (Crossway, 2018), 67.

Why did the Jews reject their Messiah? The answer is found in the word “unprejudiced.” “Every unprejudiced person” who knew the words of Isaiah—that is, every Jew educated in the synagogue—should have known the Messiah would not be a political leader or military conqueror, but they were not unprejudiced.

Neither are we, by birth (Psalm 51:5). Why did the Jews reject their Messiah? For the same reason we all do. By nature, we are predisposed to reject Jesus as Lord and Savior. We need a new nature before we can see him as our true Messiah. We must be born again (John 3:1–8).

Posted 2019·03·06 by David Kjos
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