Signs and Wonders
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
The prophetic message found in this verse is powerful and complex. Remember, these words were spoken hundreds of years before Jesus of Nazareth was born. All prophecy from the Old Testament points to the Jesus of the New Testament as the long-awaited Messiah. Just like today, anyone who walked the earth during Jesus’ time had the right and opportunity to accept or deny Him. I don’t think it is any great secret that, despite many prophesies explaining who He’d be and how it would all come to pass, His own people rejected Him. Newsflash: That isn’t anything new.
I recently watched a disturbing documentary about white supremacists. While bigotry and racism ran rampant through many generations in early America, we seemed to make some progress in its eradication. Well, that or they all went underground for many decades. However, somehow the movement has picked up steam in recent years. Don’t worry – this blog isn’t about who caused it or why it “proudly” resurfaced.
An anti-Semite expert was interviewed during the documentary and said part of the white supremacists’ movement targets Jews. She explained that hatred for Jews can be traced back to Biblical days. She believes Jesus is partly to blame. Really? We’re blaming Jesus for ignorance thousands of years later?
History, both secular and Biblical, call out those who tormented Christ and those who contributed to His unfair death sentence. When you tour the Holy Land, you are taken to the site of Caiaphas’ house were Jesus made His first stop after being arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:3, 57). There is no denying Caiaphas was the Jewish High Priest at the time and certainly contributed to Jesus’ maltreatment.
Here’s the deal, if some expert in 2018 wants to say that Jesus Christ, the One True Messiah, is to blame for ignorance and hatred among white supremacists today, we can’t stop it. In my opinion, Jesus’ arrest, fake trial, unfair treatment, cruel death and rejection fulfilled the very prophesy written by Jewish scribes. Most Christians today side with all things Jewish believing the Israel of today is the Israel spoken of in New Testament prophesy. The hate running rampant among small-minded, undereducated Caucasians has nothing to do with Jesus. In fact, my suspicion is most of them have never read the Bible through and through.
Hatred is a sign of a very small heart. It’s no wonder we can’t find solutions when we can’t even define the problems accurately. When Jesus is seen as His True Self, He makes people better – not bitter.