first coming of Jesus Christ was one of suffering and rejection,
Throughout the Old Testament, it was proclaimed that the Messiah was to
come; while some scriptures speak of him suffering and dying, yet others
speak of him reigning as a King. Needless to say this was perplexing to
many, who read and interpreted the scriptures throughout the ages.
In the times that
Jesus was manifested, Israel was under the rule of the Roman Empire and
the people were looking for a deliverer, to lead them out of their
oppression, and not a
lamb who was to die
for the sins of the world. As a whole, Jesus was rejected by the
religious leaders of
his day because of this and also their jealousy over his ministry and
popularity with the
common people God's plan was the salvation of the whole world, the
1st. Coming of Jesus
was to provide the means for this and the second will be to reign as
King over all the
world. Israel failed to understand this.
1 Peter 1:11
Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ who was in
them did signify,
when it testified before hand its sufferings of Christ, and the glory that
Mark 8:31 And he
began to teach them, that the Son of Man must suffer many things,
and be rejected of
the elders, and of the chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after
three days rise
Luke 24:26 Ought
not Christ to have suffer these things, and to enter into his glory?
Isaiah 53:3 He is
despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:
and we hid our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Psalms 22:16 For
dogs have compassed me: the assemble of the wicked have inclosed me:
they pierced my hands and my feet.