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Poisoned Wine Persuaded the Jews to Reject Jesus as God and Messiah

Poisoned Wine Persuaded the Jews to Ignore Biblical Prophecy

Poisoned wine persuaded the Jews to reject baby Jesus. “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel . . . For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.” (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6). Jesus was a human baby that cried when He was hungry, suckled for His food, shivered when cold, and laughed when tickled. Like all human babies, Jesus was helpless. The Jews had “eyes to see, and see not” (Ezekiel 12:2). God allowed Satan to blind the Jews because they worshiped a molten calf in rebellion and unbelief (Hebrews 316-19). Jesus came “unto his own, and his own received him not” (John 1:11).

The Jews wouldn’t accept Jesus as Messiah because they expected Jesus to come with power and glory in a chariot of fire as Elijah had departed (II Kings 2:11). He would be from the lineage of King David, dressed in fine linens, wearing gold bands and rings set with precious jewels. If the Jews had known their God, they would have accepted Jesus as Messiah.

Everywhere Jesus preached, Satan swayed the Jews. “He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?” (John 10:19-21.) When they asked Jesus if He was the Christ, He said, “I’ve already told you many times, but you won’t believe Me. . . I and my Father are one” (John 10:25, 26, and 30 NIV). When they angrily picked up stones, He said, “I’ve done many good things among you; for which of them are you stoning Me? [They replied,] We’re not stoning You for Your good works, but for blasphemy! You being a man, make Yourself God” (John 10:32-33 NIV)! The Jews adamantly rejected Jesus as God.

The Pharisees (religious Jews) also rejected Jesus. “Shall Christ come out of Galilee? Hath not the scripture said That Christ cometh of the seed of David . . .? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet” (John 7:41:52). They said, “This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the Sabbath (John 9:16.). The Pharisees wrangled among themselves until they were convinced that Jesus wasn’t God.

False Doctrine Swayed Jesus’ Family and Friends

Poisoned wine swayed Jesus’ brothers because they didn’t “believe in him” (John 7:5). When Jesus invited them to the Feast of Tabernacles, they declined. “Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest” (John 7:3). They wanted Jesus to leave before the crowds gathered because His preaching embarrassed them. One time, they roughly grabbed and dragged Him away from the crowd saying, “He is beside himself [He doesn’t know what he is saying]” (Mark 3:21). The brothers denied Jesus because they didn’t want to be associated with His miracles and teachings.

Neither did Mary Magdalene and Mary, mother of Jesus, believe Jesus was God. Two angels at Jesus’ tomb reminded them that Jesus said He would “be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again” (Luke 24:7). They didn’t realize that Jesus was God incarnate.

Friends and neighbors also rejected Jesus. In Nazareth, Jesus “did not many mighty works because of their unbelief” (Matthew 13:58). They elbowed each other and asked, “Who does he think He is? Why, we’ve known Him since He was a boy . . . He’s the carpenter’s son, and we know His mother and His brothers and sisters . . . Who gives Him the wisdom to teach like this and the authority to perform these mighty works?” (See Matthew 13:55-58 NIV.) Jesus’ countrymen knew Him, yet they rejected Him.

Satan and his Poisoned Wine Persuaded the Disciples

Satan and his false doctrine caused the disciples to reject Jesus as Messiah and God. Jesus tried to warn them of His coming crucifixion and resurrection (Mark 8:31; 9:31; Luke 18:31-33), but “they understood none of these things” (Luke 18:34). Peter and Thomas wanted to go with Him (John 13:36, 37; 14:5) and Philip asked Him to show him the Father. Jesus answered, “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?” (See John 14:9.) After Jesus was taken prisoner, “all the disciples forsook him, and left” (Matthew 26:56). Judas had betrayed Him, Peter denied Him, and Thomas refused to accept Him. The disciples believed Jesus came from God because they had heard His sermons and seen His miracles, but they rejected Him as Messiah and God.

When Mary Magdalene and Mary ran from the tomb to tell the apostles that Jesus had risen,  they wouldn’t listen. “Their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not” (Luke 24:11). Later, Jesus walked with Cleopas and others whose eyes were blinded “that they should not know him” (Luke 24:16). But “he took bread, and blessed it, and break, and gave to them and their eyes were opened, and they knew him” (Luke 24:30-31). These followers were blinded until Jesus blessed and broke bread.

The disciples didn’t believe Jesus had risen. “They were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit” (Luke 24:37). Jesus said, “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have” (Luke 24:39). But they “believed not” (Luke 24:41) until He ate a piece of broiled fish. Later, Jesus appeared unto Thomas. “Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing” (John 20:27). The disciples were unsuccessfully fishing when Jesus appeared again and said, “Cast the net on the right side of the ship(John 21:6). When they drew up a net full of fish, they knew Jesus was God incarnate.