Messianic expectations flourished in first-century Judea. There was an air of excitement as many recognized that the time was drawing near for their deliverer to come. But when he did show up, many were unwilling to accept him as the Messiah because he did not live up to their expectations. Rather than slaughtering the Romans through military conquest, Yeshua died at the hands of Roman soldiers on a cross. According to the expectations of the time, this was not what the Messiah was supposed to do! In this teaching, we will investigate the first-century Jewish messianic expectations and hope for a new exodus. We will contrast these expectations with the reality of Yeshua and show why it was that many Jews of that time were looking for the wrong messiah. If you have ever wrestled with understanding Yeshua’s messiahship or want to gain a better understanding of the messianic role of Yeshua, this teaching is for you!
But Yeshua called them over and said, “You know that the rulers of the nations lord it over them, and their great ones play the tyrant over them. It shall not be this way among you. But whoever wants to be great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you shall be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.