I'll just give you two examples of many. Why did he purposefully request a donkey to ride into Jerusalem on? Why did he quote Psalms when he was on the cross and say My God, why have you forsaken me. Whether one thinks he was the fulfillment of the prophecies or not, he clearly thought he was and was clearly trying to represent himself as such, more so in deed than mere words.<quoted text>
Of course, I do not agree with the similarities presented. These were presented long, long after Jesus was gone.
There is nothing from Jesus himself on any of these similarities.
I only see him telling the woman at the well, "I am he", when she told him that she and her people were waiting for the Messiah.
I think that he was trying to say that he has already been doing things to fulfill the prophecies. He didn't seem to have much time for doubters and he was not going to explain what he thinks they should have already seen if their hearts were open.<quoted text>
Also, when asked by the Jews not to keep them in suspense and to tell them if he were the Messiah, he told them he had already did but he had not. If he had, they would not have mentioned suspense.
So God never promised a Messiah and yet the Jews expect a Messiah. sometimes you just make zero sense.<quoted text>
Next, when asked if he were the Messiah, the Son of God, he did not say yes, because he never claimed to be the Son of God in addition to being the Messiah. That is why he used the word son of man, which simply means "This man".[/QUOTE}
First of all, Son of Man does not mean "this man", and it was never intended to mean that anywhere in the Bible. Secondly, have you ever asked yourself why he didn't deny being what they were asking him about? you ask why he didn't come out and say it, but you never ask why he didn't come out and deny it. So for the fact that he did not deny it either, fits with what I said where he wasn't even going to give them the satisfaction of any direct answers one way or another to any of their questions, and that could be that he thought that they did not even deserve an answer and that he was purposefully behaving the way the prophecy says.
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I have no problem with Jesus being called the Messiah by Christians but a Messiah was never promised by God at all. The Jews expected a Messiah and he did not fit the bill.