14. Why did not the Jews recognize Jesus as the Son of God?



The answer is simple: because according to the Jews, God did not have a Son. To a Jew, to recognize Jesus as the Son of God was tantamount to saying that God was not one, that is to say, that God was not a single person because He shared His Deity with another God, which was unacceptable to Judaism, which forbade the Jews to have other gods before the God of Israel (Exodus 20:3). Therefore, according to Judaism, a Jew who recognized Jesus as the Son of God was an idolater, had abandoned the faith in the only God, and consequently was deserving of death (Deuteronomy 13:6-11). It suffices to consider how the believing Jews of those days were persecuted by the disobedient Jews to understand this. In addition to this, according to the Judaism of that time, to recognize Jesus as the Son of God meant to recognize that human sacrifices, which are condemned by the law, were lawful. Because to a Jew, to say that God gave or offered His Son for the remission of our sins meant that God was a cruel and merciless God. To sum up, therefore, to recognize Jesus as the Son of God meant to insult God twice.

Today things are exactly the same, for, to the Jews, to recognize Jesus as the Son of God who died on the cross for our sins means to insult God twice because a Jew by believing on Jesus denies the oneness of God and believes that God has offered a human sacrifice. A Jew who believes that Jesus is the Son of God has abandoned the true faith and is expelled not only from the local Jewish community, but also from the world Jewish community, and according to some Jews he is no longer a Jew. Such a Jew has committed the sin of idolatry, which is a very serious sin, in that according to Judaism all those Jews who become idolaters will not inherit the world to come (idolatry is one of the sins which prevent a Jew from inheriting the world to come).

The Jews thought and still think in that way, because Isaiah said: “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them” (John 12:40; Isaiah 6:10 – NKJV), and Moses said: “God has given them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear, to this very day” (Romans 11:8 – NKJV; cf. Deuteronomy 29:4; Isaiah 29:10).

No wonder that the Jews have rejected Jesus, therefore: their behaviour is the result of the hardening in part which has happened to Israel by God’s decree. But one day all Israel will be saved: this will happen when the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, as it is written: “For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob, for this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins” (Romans 11:25-27 - NKJV)