Confrinting says.....MESSIAH MUST COME FIRST To destroy the works of the devil.<quoted text>
The expectations of the Jews (concerning the coming messiah) were right but their timing was wrong...(that was their problem..)
BECAUSE THEY LOOKED FOR A CONQUERING MESSIAH.
They did not comprehend (THE WORKS OF THE SUFFERING SAVIOR/MESSIAH.).
THEY WERE OBLIVIOUS TO THE FACT ...
MESSIAH MUST COME FIRST To destroy the works of the devil
that had hijacked/seized dominion of the earth in Eden.
AND restore humanity BACK unto the good graces of God the Father.
Messiah will more than meet their expectations when he sets up His
kingdom and rules and reigns IN THE millennium upon the earth in a
thousand years of peace.
You believe when Jesus walked the earth, those he preached to did not believe him. The devil as you claim, is still here 2,000 years later, and today the vast majority of the world do not accept Jesus as the third person of God.
...Was there a man who Jesus was a great moral teacher? Quite possibly. However, he was far from perfect in his moral outlook.
....... The idea and belief, that eternal punishment would follow from rejecting Jesus seems downright evil. The idea that someone could live a noble life and not be saved, when another could live a depraved and cruel, and immoral life and through a true conversion of his heart at the end of life still be saved, is hard to tally up on the moral balance sheet.
..... There are that many Christian groups reject this doctrine today, but for centuries it was normative church doctrine.
The Jesus who said (in Matthew 10:34-37), "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth; I came NOT to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother" is not a Jesus whom I can accept as a moral model.
.... The statement is consistent, however, with the Jesus of Luke 14:26, who says, "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple."
.......Also, the Jesus who withers a fig tree because it did not provide him with fruit when he was hungry seems childish rather than exemplary (Matthew 21:17-19).
.......There are many remarkable and wonderful teachings of Jesus in the New Testament. However, they are the teachings of a human being, not a God, and many of them--including the most morally enlightened--are paralleled in rabbinic literature. The teachings of Jesus to his followers were the teachings of a human man, as they did not see him as God.
Christians accept the OT and NT as the formations of the bible, yet christians do not believe everything written or expressed in the OT. The Jews wrote the OT and the Jews never accepted anything more than 1 God and no trinity.
Can't have it both ways. You are either all in or all out.