Christian Author: Nancy W. Boyer

Why did the Jews want a King?

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Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead painting by Eric Wallace

Jesus had just performed the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead.  People around this event had actually seen this miracle happen after Lazarus had been buried four days.  There was no doubt about it. Throughout His ministry on earth there had been many miracles: water to wine, healing the leper, the blind and the sick.

The word of this particular miracle spread quickly and when Jesus found a donkey to ride through the streets, the crowds came out to meet him in a frenzy.  Surely this man was going to save them from the Romans and become their King and Messiah.

Jesus Triumphant entry into Jerusalem

 

They called out to him, giving him the name of not only “king”, but also “Prophet, Son of David, the Messiah, and the Hope of Israel.”   There was great excitement and expectation that things would change for them through this man who did great and wondrous things.    The crowd threw down palm branches before him as they would a great leader or someone they were ready to make their ruler.   They shouted “Hosannah!”  Many Christian churches reenact this event on Palm Sunday.

Since previous posts have been about LENT and MAUNDY THURSDAY, perhaps it would be good to put into sequence the main Christian days of the Easter Holy Week prior to Easter:

  • Ash Wednesday  (Ashes placed on the forehead for prayer, fasting and sorrow for sins in repentance)  Job, Jerimiah, Daniel, Mathew and Luke are a few scriptures where this is described.
  • Palm Sunday (Triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem)
  • Maundy Thursday (The Last Supper, washing of disciple’s feet, praying in the Garden of Gethsemane and the arrest by the Temple guards of the Sanhedrin )
  • Good Friday  (The Crucifixion)
  • Easter Sunday  (The Resurrection of Christ, the Messiah)

 

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The Jews praying at Yom Kippur in the Synagogue. Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement which is considered the most important holiday in the Jewish faith. It is a period of introspection and repentance. Jews celebrate Passover just before the Christian Easter.

The Jews knew the Holy Scriptures. David had taken an oath to Saul that he would make certain that the descendants would not be destroyed. (1st Samuel 26)  Jesus Christ, being from the line of David, could possibly in their minds be the Messiah or Mashiach which means the “anointed” one.

mashiach: anointed

Original Hebrew Word: מָשִׁ֫יחַ
Phonetic Spelling: (maw-shee’-akh)

Jesus knew what was going to happen to him and that He had not come to be an earthly king, but to be a Savior and the Messiah for Whom the Jews had been waiting.

Many Jews, even today, have through the study of the Holy Scriptures, both old and new, have found Christ to be their Messiah.  These are often referred to as Messianic Jews.  (For personal stories of  Messianic Jews, see the link after the video.)

VIDEO (Turn up sound) 

 

Click for personal stories of Messianic Jews 

 

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    March 21, 2018 at 02:51