Why Jews Don’t believe in Jesus

It’s a very popular question. Why don’t Jews believe Jesus was the Messiah? Aren’t the proofs convincing?

This is a sensitive issue, and it is hoped that no one will be offended by the candid answer provided here.

We do not believe that it is prophesied that the Messiah will be crucified. We do not believe that the Messiah will be the son of G-d. We do not believe that he will be raised from the dead any more than anyone else. We do not believe that he will appear twice, in what some Christians call a second coming. We do not believe that the Messiah will be our “savior” in the sense that he will redeem us from our sins.

These are all fascinating claims to make concerning anyone, but they are all irrelevant to the Messiah for whom the Jews have awaited these three thousand years. None of these things are prophesied in the Jewish Bible.

What then is this Messiah for whom we wait? The Messiah will be a mortal man, born of a normal man and woman.He will be a man very learned in all sections of the Torah, and he will be a very righteous man. He will be of the undisputed scion of David through his father. He will become uncontested ruler in the Land of Israel over all the People of Israel, that is, all Twelve Tribes of Israel. He will have at least one son, who will be king after the Messiah dies a normal death at an advanced age.

He will be as described by the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 11:2-4): “full of wisdom and understanding, counsel and might, knowledge and the fear of G-d . . . he will smite the tyrant with the rod of his mouth, and slay the wicked with the breath of his lips . . .” (Maimonides explains this last as merely a parable, and not to be taken literally.)

Still, the Messiah will primarily be a prince of peace. As it says (Isaiah 52:7) “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace.”

The Messiah will bring an end to all suffering and war. He will rescue the Children of Israel from exile. He will teach the world how to revere truth, and they will all return to G-d (though not necessarily to Judaism). All forms of warfare will be abolished.

The Torah will be strengthened by the teachings and practices of the Messiah. It will not be weakened nor changed in the slightest.

The Jews will no longer be subjugated nor oppressed by other nations. (In fact, there will be no oppression or subjugation anywhere in the world, by anyone against anyone.) The Jews will be free in the Land of Israel. We will have the Holy Temple once again. We will have the full body of the Law restored by the full Sanhedrin and all lesser courts. And the Messiah will do all this on his first try. Indeed, this is how we will know he is the Messiah.

These are the main prophecies that the Torah tells us concerning the Messiah. The man who causes these to happen will be the Messiah. Since these have not happened, the Messiah, the one foretold by the Torah, has not yet come.

It will be through these signs that he will be recognized. It will not be through miracles, nor through resurrection of the dead, nor through any new creation. It will be through the total rescue we will undergo (as described in brief above) that we will know the Messiah.
And in truth, we await the Redemption more than we await the Messiah. The Messiah will be G-d’s messenger and vehicle for that Redemption.

And that is a very important point. We await our rescue from exile and an end to all human suffering in this world. The Messiah’s purpose is not to make it possible for us to go to Heaven. The Torah teaches us how to do that already.

The man the Christians worship may have been a good person, and he may have taught many good things. (Although I hasten to point out that there are many teachings in the Christian Bible that are completely unacceptable to Orthodox Jews, and incompatible to the teachings of the Torah.) But he was not the Messiah for whom we await and have long awaited. He may have been crucified, and that’s a horrible thing. But that merely proves to us that he was
not the Messiah.

He was not the son of G-d any more than we all are; precisely no more or less. The very thought is repugnant to a Jewish person. G-d having a son in that manner? We shudder at the suggestion.

Nor do we believe he was resurrected. But even if he was, that would not make him the Messiah.

All this that is claimed about Jesus is irrelevant. It has nothing to do with the Messiah. There will indeed be a resurrection, but not at the time of the Messiah’s coming. That will be later.

The Jewish faith has no place for most of the Christian Messiah beliefs. Nor is there any way to reconcile Jesus with the Jewish concept of the Messiah. The two concepts have very little in common.

We still await the Messiah, and our faith is still strong.

(I have said this in a number of places, and I will say it here again: If I get any e-mail letters from people trying to convince me that Jesus was the Messiah, I will respond without being sensitive to the writer’s feelings, and I will not worry about being offensive. I will say exactly what I feel, and you will not appreciate my candid response. Judaism does not tolerate proselytizing. We don’t do it to you, so have the decency not to do it to us.)

3 thoughts on “Why Jews Don’t believe in Jesus

  1. myth buster

    Yes, but where are these notions in the Scriptures? On the contrary, the Scriptures clearly state the Messiah WILL appear twice, first as suffering servant, to die for the sins of the people, and then as conquering King. That is why it is written “After the sixty-two weeks, Messiah shall be cut off and have nothing, but not for Himself,” and then appears as the Son of Man coming on the Clouds at the culmination of history, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion. Likewise, how is it you say the Messiah is a creature when God Himself says to the Messiah, “Your throne, O God, stands forever?” And if the Messiah be merely a man, how can His goings forth be from everlasting, as Micah prophesies? How can He be called, “HaShem Tzedekinu,” as Jeremiah states?

    You say that the Messiah will rebuild the Temple, but the Scriptures say Messiah must come in the days of the Second Temple, for its glory shall exceed that of the First, though it did not have the Ark of the Covenant, nor the Shekinah Glory. Daniel writes, “The people of the prince who shall come shall destroy the Sanctuary” after the death of the Messiah.

    You say the Messiah is not a Savior, but Isaiah says, “The Lord laid upon Him the guilt of us all.” Yet, death could not hold Him, for “If He gives His life as an offering for sin, He shall see seed in a long life.” It is also written, “They shall look on Me, whom they have pierced, and mourn for Me as one mourns for an only son.” All these indicate not only that the Messiah is Savior, but that He shall die a violent death and rise from the dead. He whose hands and feet were so wasted that He could count all His bones and was laid in the dust of death proclaims the glory of God in the midst of the Assembly, to the ends of the Earth and a generation yet unborn.

  2. Sone


    Genesis 38 is illustrating in type through the lives of Judah & Tamar who the father of Christ is. Here is one of the reason he does what he is about to show us

    People like Judah trying to raise a family encounter events that shatter their lives. find them selves left alone with nothing left but memories . As we see in Judah who lost his wife and 2 sons. God’s ambition is to restore life. What he shows us here is the only way it could be achieved.

    The next thing we clearly understand is that according to Judah’s action the levirate marriage law is strictly enforced, in this chapter. This is important, this is to prove that Tamar was a virgin. If she was not a virgin she would have been stoned to death, according to the requirement of the levirate marriage law enforced so strictly here.

    This is key point that God wants to emphasize. Initially Tamar was a virgin every thing that comes after this point as far as Er and Onan, are to show the levirate marriage law being enforced.

    There is no other way to prove the virginity of Tamar without the action of Judah, giving his 2 sons to her, you would not be able to say, Tamar was a virgin espoused to Judah’s son, chosen by the father, without Er dying and Onan being given to her to raise seed for his dead brother this is the point, God is trying to capture.

    Tamar was a virgin espoused to Judah’s son, chosen by the father.

    Next important points are the reason why this had to be done, illustrated by the death’s of Er and Onan. First no man given to this woman was fit in the sight of God to accomplish this, and were put to death.

    Two Er is representing the world in type, Onan is representing the Jews, in that he did not want to share the inheritance with his dead brother, so he spilled his seed on the ground. For this reason God for a season set Israel aside until the fulness of the gentiles are brought in. Romans 11.

    Tamar is a virgin espoused to Judah’s son, chosen by the father. No man was fit in the sight of God to give seed,

    Through a series of events Judah the father cause Tamar, who was a virgin espoused to Judah’s son to conceive and she gives birth to the heir of the promise. The woman is not a harlot. Joseph is not the father.

    Tamar was a virgin chosen by the father espoused to Judah’s son, who the father causes to conceive the heir of the promise. The women is not a harlot, Joseph is not the father. No one else could do this as Er and Onan have shown. This clearly illustrates in word the virgin birth showing us in type what God would do.


    Mary was a virgin chosen by the father espoused to Judah’s son/Joseph, who the father causes to conceive the Messiah. The women is not a harlot, Joseph is not the father.

    Discern Now Who These Thing Belong.

    Judah Acknowledged the truth and was given 2 new son , Tamar was saved from being burned to death,. Shelah was spared from what Judah feared. This is why God did this, to show us that he would be the father of Messiah his mother a virgin that would be espoused to Judah’s son. No one else was capable of this but God himself, in order to save us, from sin and death, to give us hope in this life and of the one to come. therefore he will lift up the head

    The Hand In The Womb Has Much To Say

    Tamar has twins in the womb the one sticks out his hand and is bound with a scarlet thread, by the mid-wife. This comes first: his hand will be bound. By his bound hand he will make a way for his brother to inherit the promise. When he drew his hand back to the womb. Then he whose hand that was bound will come in the way you expected afterwards.

    They bound Jesus’s hands and nailed him to the cross. This was done so he could make away for his brothers to inherit the promise by conquering sin and death by the power of his resurrection. Taking his seat at the right hand of God after he purged our sins, seating the new nature of man that he formed in himself by his willful obedience in right standing with God by the strength of the power of the majesty from on high releasing the nature of his person on all that believe; through the transforming power of God by the spirit of his word, released in Jesus the Christ

    One of israel biggest hindrances in coming to Yeshua, is they were expecting him to come and rule all nation, blessing them and causing them to rule with him. Bringing peace and prosperity, They weren’t led to believe Yeshua would have to suffer first maybe this might help them see.


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