Jesus Christ the Man on Earth & Man’s Response to Him

Most people – a majority of people – do not receive the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Most people will not repent before they die, and they will spend eternity in hell.

It is tragic, yes. But it is a truth.

Where is this truth in the Bible?

It is a truth that is throughout the four Gospels. Let’s first start with the actual life of Jesus Christ the Messiah.

 

Summary:

1. Jesus was rejected and killed.
2. The leaders, religious leaders and lawyers were His fiercest opponents.
3. The public had Him crucified.
4. Jesus was rejected in His own country and His own hometown.
5. The public did not believe that He was the Messiah, the Christ.
6. Jesus did not publicly say that He was the Christ.
7. Jesus strictly commanded His disciples that they not tell the people He was the Christ, the Messiah.
8. Jesus even commanded the demons not to reveal that He was the Messiah.
9. Jesus explained to His disciples that the “mysteries of the kingdom” were revealed to them but not to “the rest,” that is, the public.
10. He explained that He taught the people in parables as fulfillment of prophecy in Isaiah about people not receiving and coming to God.
11. The Foundational Parable, the Parable of the Sower.

 

  • We know that Jesus was rejected and killed. More than just rejected, He was hated, betrayed, condemned, and rejected. He was beaten, scourged, whipped, and flogged to the point of death. He was mocked, ridiculed, spit upon, and slapped on the face. He was insulted, taunted, reviled, and blasphemed.

 

  • The leaders, religious leaders, lawyers and people in authority rejected Him and were His fiercest opponents. We see in many places that the “scribes (lawyers), chief priests, elders, Pharisees, and Sadducees” were relentless in their opposition of Jesus. They were the ones who actually betrayed Him and gave Him over to the people, the public, who were the final group to reject and betray Him to death.

 

  • At the well-known final trial of Jesus, the public – not a leader – condemned Him to death. At that trial, the Roman governor (of Judea) Pontius Pilate spoke to Jesus and then gave the public the choice of whether to release Jesus or another man (the criminal Barabbus). After talking to and questioning Jesus, Pilate said twice, “I find no fault in Him.” Pilate also publicly washed his hands and said, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it” (Matthew 27:24). The public rejected and condemned Jesus to death. (Matthew 27:11-26, John 18:28- 19:16)

 

 Jesus was rejected in His own country and His own hometown.

“So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” Matthew 13:57

  • The public did not believe Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah, the Savior. We read this in numerous places. When Jesus asked His disciples who the people said He was, they replied: “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Large crowds followed Jesus, as many as 20,000 or more at times, but for the most part, they did not believe or realize He was the Christ.

 

  • Jesus Himself did not publicly say that He was the Christ. He told some individuals (listed below). In the Gospel of John, He gave detailed teachings about His Lordship and Oneness with the Father. But, one of the main themes of His ministry and teachings was that He did not publicly reveal He was the Christ.

Individuals Jesus told that He was the Christ:

  1. Samaritan woman at the well – John 4:4-26

John 4: 25-26 – “The woman said to Him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When He comes, He will tell us all things.’

Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am He.’”

 

  1. Man who Jesus healed of blindness – John 9

John 9: 35-37 – “Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, ‘Do you believe in the Son of God?’ He answered and said, ‘Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?’ And Jesus said to him, ‘You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.’” 

  • Jesus strictly commanded His disciples that they not tell the people He was the Christ, the Messiah. 

References: Matthew 16:20, Mark 8: 27-30, Luke 9: 20-21

 

  • Jesus even commanded the demons not to reveal that He was the Messiah. Numerous times, demons cried out the truth about Jesus being the Son of God, the Holy One of God, but Jesus commanded that they be silent.

 

  • Jesus explained to His disciples (the 12, and the 70, and possibly to others) that the “mysteries of the kingdom” were given to them; but that the mysteries were NOT given to the people in general. Matthew 13:11ff, Mark 4:11ff, Luke 8:10ff

 

  • He explained that He taught the people in parables as fulfillment of prophecy in Isaiah about people not receiving and coming to God.

Matthew 13: 13-15 – “’Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:

‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.’

 

  • The Foundational Parable, the Parable of the Sower.

The parable reveals there are four groups or types of people regarding the results (or lack of results) after the sowing of the “word of the kingdom” – the word of the presence of Jesus Christ. Only one group – “those with a good, noble heart, who bear fruit with patience” – actually hears and does the word of God. The other three groups do not. Therefore, 1 of 4 is 25%, which is very close to the percentage of people who are “Christian/Catholic” in the world today. 

  

Jesus Christ’s direct quotes and teachings about the “few” who do receive the Gospel.

 

  • “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” Matthew 9:35

 

  • “Many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14

These were Jesus’ final words after He gave the Parable of the Wedding Feast, about a king who arranged a marriage for his son. More on this later.

 

  • “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and constricted is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

 

  • The Foundational Parable, the Parable of the Sower.

The parable reveals there are four groups or types of people regarding the results (or lack of results) after the sowing of the “word of the kingdom” – the word of the presence of Jesus Christ. Only one group – “those with a good, noble heart, who bear fruit with patience” – actually hears and does the word of God. The other three groups do not. Therefore, 1 of 4 is 25%, which is very close to the percentage of people who are “Christian/Catholic” in the world today.