Why Didn’t They Understand?

Q. I was reading one of your teachings that Jesus was “right on time” when He rode into Jerusalem when He did, because it was prophesied in the Prophets. Why then did the teachers of the Law and the religious leaders NOT know this as well? Why did they reject Jesus if He was on time to the very day?

A. The religious leaders of the Lord’s day had made the same mistake many religious leaders of today are making. They didn’t believe in predictive prophecy and either ignored what the prophets said or saw their writings as allegorical. Even when they witnessed the fulfillment of prophecy right before their eyes, they didn’t believe it.

When John the Baptist sent some of his disciples to confirm that Jesus was the one the Scriptures had spoken of , the Lord responded by saying, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor” (Matthew 11:4-5) He was pointing out that these were miracles specific to prophecies of the coming Messiah.

The common people understood this. Matthew 15:30-31 tells us,

Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.

The same is true today. Ordinary people see the signs the Bible spoke of and believe the Lord is about to return, while many of our leaders continue to deny it.

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