Why Did The Religious Leaders Reject Jesus Christ?

There is more than one answer to this question, but let us zero in on one. The issue was his birth.

“However, we know where this man (Jesus) is from,
but when the Messiah comes, no one knows where he is from.”
John 7:27

They knew Jesus was from Nazareth in Galilee, so in their minds that disqualified him from being the Messiah.

vs 40-41
“Therefore many from the crowd …said ‘Truly this is the Prophet.’
Others said, ‘This is the Christ.’ But some said,
‘Will the Christ come out of Galilee?”

So there was a great conflict. Many believed in Jesus because of the miracles he was performing. But the rest couldn’t get past the fact that he came from Nazareth, which disqualified him from being the Messiah.

vs 52:
“Search and look, for no prophet arises out of Galilee.”

We must keep in mind that when Jesus came onto the scene preaching the Gospel and ministering to the people, it had been 30 years since his birth. He had only been in Bethlehem a very short time -when he was born. And the only reason they were in Bethlehem then was because a census had been called and each Jewish family was ordered to go to the town of their forefathers to register. Joseph and Mary were from the tribe of Judah, so they had to go to Bethlehem to register, then they left Bethlehem.

To further complicate the issue of his birth, they couldn’t go back immediately to Nazareth because Joseph was warned in a dream to flee because Herod had issued a decree to kill all the Jewish babies, so they fled to Egypt.

“When he (Joseph) arose, he took the young child and his mother by night
and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod,
that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord
through the prophet, saying, ‘Out of Egypt I called my Son.’”
Matthew 2:14-15

So Jesus was from Nazareth but was born in Bethlehem. But from Bethlehem they fled to Egypt until the death of Herod. Then when Herod died, they then returned to their home town of Nazareth in Galilee and Jesus grew up there.

So, where was Jesus from?

Well, from Nazareth, but born in Bethlehem, but also from Egypt, and then back to Nazareth. It could be confusing.

Now we jump to 30 years later. Most of his life Jesus has been known as the carpenter, the son of Mary and Joseph of Nazareth. Most likely, most were unaware that he was not born there. All that people knew about him was that he had grown up to the age of 30 -in Nazareth. There are also some hints that many did not believe Mary’s story and thought that Jesus was her illegitimate son.

But now he has left Nazareth to preach the Kingdom of God throughout the land of Israel and doing great miracles of healing and deliverance. However, he was rejected by the religious leaders, the Pharisees, because there was a problem concerning his birth. In their minds, being from Nazareth would make him not eligible to be the Messiah.

Some argued the point with the authorities, believing in Jesus because of the miracles he was performing, saying that no one could do these things unless he was the Messiah. But the authorities rejected their arguments because the Scriptures clearly said that the Messiah had to come out of Bethlehem, and this man was from Nazareth, a small town in Galilee.

“Search and look, for no prophet arises out of Galilee,” they said.
(John 7:52)

So they dismissed out of hand the possibility of Jesus being the Messiah, saying further:

vs 42-43:
“’Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David
and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?’
So there was a division among the people because of Him.”

So why did the religious leaders reject Jesus?

Because of his lack of a birth certificate showing where he was from.



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