9. What do Jewish people believe about Jesus?
Who do they think He was? Without hesitation, they accept Him as an historical figure. They will say something like this, “Jesus was a good teacher, a prophet and a good man, but he was not God.” They don’t deny that He existed, however, they do deny that Jesus was Deity; God in the flesh. This was recently illustrated again as I (Marty) had the opportunity to visit with a Rabbi. For about the first ten minutes of the conversation, he sought to build a case by explaining that nowhere in Judaism, does it teach that the Messiah is going to be divine. He believed that Paul deviated from his Judaism and invented this teaching about the necessity of the divinity of Messiah. After listening to him give reason after reason, I asked if I might interject something. I explained that Paul did not invent the concept of the divinity of the Messiah, but stated that this teaching is taught throughout the Old Testament. I asked him if he would get a copy of the Holy Scriptures, (the Jewish publication of the Old Testament) look up Isaiah 9:6, and please read it. He did and here is what he read.
After reading it in English, the Rabbi got down his Hebrew Bible and read the words “El Gibbor.” Which when translated, mean, “Mighty God.” He didn’t like what he saw, but it can’t be denied, it was prophesied that the Messiah was to be divine.
These verses clearly illustrate that Jesus is the Jehovah of the Old Testament. He is not simply a good man, a teacher, or a Rabbi, but He is divine, truly God in the flesh. Was this necessary? Yes it was. It’s clearly taught in the Word of God that the Messiah was to be divine and the Lord Jesus fulfills this. Denying the divinity of Jesus is not unique to Judaism, all of the cults and other false religions also deny this vital truth. It’s true that Jesus was also 100% human, but that does not hinder His being divine.