When the Lord Jesus was approaching Jerusalem he told a parable to his disciples about a certain Nobleman who was going away to a far country and coming back again in the distant future. The Nobleman called 10 slaves and gave each slave an amount of money to do trade with until he came back later.
But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’ Luke 19:14
The Living Bible says it this way…
“But some of his people hated him and sent him their declaration of independence, stating that they had rebelled and would not acknowledge him as their king.” Lu 19:14
They do not want Jesus to reign over them. They did not want Him 2000 years ago…and they still do not want Him today. He does not measure up to their expectations of a Messiah/King.
To these citizens who hate Jesus–He is a weakling, a perverted sissy of a man. He is a failure to them.
This is the CLASH of two kingdoms…This is the epitome of distinction.
Why would they reject Jesus? Jesus called them out on this many times.
The issue is the same all through history.
The PRIDE of man insists — I can do this !!
Zionism says ‘We will take matters into our own hands and we will prevail against our enemies…with God’s help! We will carve out a Greater Israel again!’
Love your enemies?! Turn the other cheek!!??
What kind of a King is that!! Weakness!!!
The proud despise weakness…and that is what they imagine about our Jesus.
So they want another Messiah, of their own choosing, one who will lead them into battle and conquer their enemies. A Messiah who is like them–strong and self reliant. A man you can follow!!
This Jesus? –‘We will will not have Him to reign over us!!’
Paul knew the score…he had grown up in this hatred. He saw exactly the issue and wrote about.
Rom 10:1 Dear brothers, the longing of my heart and my prayer is that the Jewish people might be saved.
Rom 10:2 I know what enthusiasm they have for the honor of God, but it is misdirected zeal.
Rom 10:3 For they don’t understand that Christ has died to make them right with God. Instead they are trying to make themselves good enough to gain God’s favor by keeping the Jewish laws and customs, but that is not God’s way of salvation.
Rom 10:4 They don’t understand that Christ gives to those who trust in him everything they are trying to get by keeping his laws. He ends all of that. (TLB)
You see when we are holding to our own righteousness based upon our own performance we HAVE A LOT INVESTED in it. In fact all of our made-up identity is at stake.
Our whole life has been all about trying to be something by performing well. And now that we have become “something” we will fight and fight to keep our status.
To receive Jesus as our RIGHT STANDING with God APART FROM OUR WORKS means the END of that OLD IDENTITY.
When Jesus cried IT IS FINISHED He was not just saying his mission was complete–but that mankind’s FALSE, PERFORMANCE- DEPENDENT IDENTITY WAS FINISHED!
The OLD MAN was crucified with Christ…your old man and my old man….whether you be a religious Jew or an atheist. Your old self died on the Cross.
God found you guilty of breaking His Law–for ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALLEN SHORT OF HIS GLORY. There is none righteous -no not one!! If you have told a lie just once in your entire life the Law condemns you as GUILTY and worthy of DEATH…for to break one is to break all. GUILTY!!
But God loved us so much that He sent His only begotten son to die for us, carrying our iniquities and our transgressions upon Himself all the way into death.
Oh that every Jew would read Isaiah 53 with an open heart pleading with God to show them the truth…..for…
Isa 53:6 We—every one of us—have strayed away like sheep! We, who left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet God laid on him the guilt and sins of every one of us!
Isa 53:7 He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he never said a word. He was brought as a lamb to the slaughter; and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he stood silent before the ones condemning him.
Isa 53:8 From prison and trial they led him away to his death. But who among the people of that day realized it was their sins that he was dying for—that he was suffering their punishment?
Isa 53:9 He was buried like a criminal, but in a rich man’s grave; but he had done no wrong and had never spoken an evil word.
Isa 53:10 But it was the Lord’s good plan to bruise him and fill him with grief. However, when his soul has been made an offering for sin, then he shall have a multitude of children, many heirs. He shall live again, and God’s program shall prosper in his hands.
Isa 53:11 And when he sees all that is accomplished by the anguish of his soul, he shall be satisfied; and because of what he has experienced, my righteous Servant shall make many to be counted righteous before God, for he shall bear all their sins. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jesus became a Man just like us–WEAK and in need of GOD CONSTANTLY……not a God out there somewhere–or up there in heaven….But a God near at hand, an Ever present help in time of need. A God–A Father who fills us full with Himself, with His LIFE and His Strength and His PEACE and His LOVE and His JOY–a God who SHARES HIS DIVINE NATURE WITH US!!
Because Jesus went to the Cross you are JUSTIFIED BEFORE God forever!! Without you having to DO ANYTHING…Simply BELIEVE THAT JESUS died for you, carried your old self into the GRAVE and cancelled all your debts you owed to God.
You do not want Jesus to reign over you because you are SOOOO BUSY WORKING HARD TO BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR GOD….and your perceived righteousness(is really filthy rags to God)gives you an air of superiority over others.
To submit to God and receive JESUS is to come down from your high place above others to where God is waiting for you. Will you?
And if you are Jewish…It means …well, I think you know what it means!!
Paul said everything that was gain to me I have counted as DUNG that I may GAIN CHRIST and be found in Him not having a righteousness of my own, based on my performance…but a righteousness given to me by God through faith in Messiah Jesus. (Php3)
For in Christ Jesus there is neither JEW NOR GENTILE…male nor female…slave nor free….IN CHRIST there is ONLY A NEW CREATION.
Your old self was a self made self with no substance to it at all. But you fought to preserve it and to force it on others for your own selfish purposes. God put that self to death in Christ and when God raised Jesus from the grave a NEW CREATION of man came into being.
You are a new creation, the old has passed away behold the new has come. You are a sharer in the divine nature. Jesus carries you, and upholds you FROM WITHIN YOU!! You and God are one spirit through His Word Jesus in you.
You are forgiven all and made totally new.
But my friends and family may reject me if I accept Jesus!!
Yes they may.
Each person stands alone before God. Today is salvation not tomorrow–it is NOW–TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION…And Jesus’ name means God is salvation.
So come to Jesus now—call upon His name and receive the Inheritance promised to Abraham’s seed.
Abraham did not reject Jesus but saw his day when he offered Isaac his only son–seeing that God would also offer his son and raise him from the grave. Rejoice O child of Avraham…Rejoice and draw from the wells of Yeshua!