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Issue N8

answers for a jew, valeriy sterkh

Answers for a Jew

Does Jesus fulfill the prophecies about Messiah? (beginning)

Question: According to prophecies, the Jews will prosper under Messiah. But it wasn't so in the days of Jesus. Is there at least one prophesy about Messiah that was fulfilled in Jesus?

Answer: «When John [the Baptist] had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto him, Art thou he [Messiah] that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me» (Mt 11:2-6; compare Lk 7:19-23).

The Jews received from Jesus many blessings. Do they have a reason to be unhappy about not receiving more blessings, considering the fact that it was Jewish leaders who gave over their Benefactor to be crucified?

At the same time, there were many godly Jews who accepted Jesus as Messiah. Some of them had a direct revelation from God about Him, like the shepherds from Bethlehem (see Lk 2:8-20), Simeon the Prophet, and Anna the Prophetess (see Lk 2:21-38). Others saw in Jesus the fulfilment of the Old Testament prophecies (see Jn 1:45).

(to be continued)