A Jewish Rabbi expounds why Jews reject Jesus as Messiah.
- (1) - 1:20 - We believe that God will never assume human form.
- (2) - 1:36 - Jesus Messiah
- (a) - 1:49 - Classical Jewish literature does not accept the notion of a second coming.
- (b) - 2:32 - The notion that God has abrogated His covenant with Israel and justification by faith superseded The Law.
 - Really interesting to see into the Jewish mindset, though he doesn’t offer an authoritative source for his assertion that God will not assume human form.
[2a] - As a Christian, I find it difficult to understand why he can not at least see the concept of two comings when you consider...
And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
For if Messiah was ‘cut off’ after the sixty ninth week then having not rebuilt a Temple that would be destroyed 38 years later [70AD] by Titus the Roman, surely he should anticipate Messiah to appear a ‘second time’ to rebuild that Temple?
[2b] - Christians understand this to be the stumbling block that the [Jewish] builders having rejected stumble over to this day, even faith in Christ Jesus which the Law coming some 430 years after the promise could not annul. For Christ is the fulfilment of the promise [Seed] given to Abraham of ‘Seed’, even Christ Jesus which Abraham believing pleased God [Gen 15:6] crediting him with righteousness for his faith as He does us, who also having ‘The Faith of Abraham’ receive by grace.
16 - Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
17 - And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
18 - For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
Therefore we are not, nor do we seek to be justified by a law that condemns seeing no man can keep it, but rather we receive justification [righteousness] through faith in Him who not only fulfilled the Law on all points on our behalf, but being born under the Law became a curse under the Law that we might receive by faith... the blessings of righteous Abraham [Gen 15:6] who was justified by faith and not by the works of the Law, just as it is written...
13 - Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: [Or Wooden Cross]
14 - That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.