That brings me to the last subject I was to cover this session. I want to introduce that subject with a question.
The question is this: If Jesus is so obviously the Messiah, then why does 99 percent of the world-wide Jewish community reject His Messiahship today?
The answer to that question lies in the fact that the rabbis ignore and avoid the prophecies that proclaim a suffering and rejected Messiah. The typical objection you’ll get to the Messiahship of Jesus goes something like this: Jesus never brought peace so He can’t be the Messiah or Jesus never rescued Israel from her enemies so He can’t be the Messiah. Or you will hear something similar to these questions. The rabbis reject the Messiahship of Jesus by holding up the Second Coming prophecies and saying Jesus didn’t fulfill them so He can’t be the Messiah. They deliberately truncate the Messianic promise by limiting the promise to a glorious and reigning Messiah. Because they ignore the prophecies of a rejected and suffering Messiah, they miss the fact that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah.
In relation to Zechariah 9:9-10, what do they do? They focus on Zechariah 9:10 and ignore Zechariah 9:9. And it’s very true that Jesus has not fulfilled the Second Coming prophecies but He has fulfilled the First Coming prophecies.