If God intended to introduce Himself to the world by His Son, would He dispatch Him to our world by means of poverty and insignificance? If it was the desire of men, to create a legend that would beguile the world into believing that it was true, would they use a primary character like Jesus of Nazareth?
Before Jesus was born, there was a well-known scandal that Mary, who was betrothed to Joseph, had an affair with another man. The by-product of this adulterous relationship was Jesus. Mary had claimed that the child she was carrying was conceived by the Holy Spirit, not by any man. One variation of this story included a Roman soldier by the name of Pantera as the true father of Jesus.
Joseph and Mary were poor and nearly destitute when Jesus came into the world. He grew up in the town of Nazareth, a place despised by many people in Israel. From about the age of twelve, Jesus began to assert that He was the Son of God. He insulted and defied many of the cultural and religious laws and traditions of the elders of Israel. The men that followed Jesus were some of the most insignificant and despised individuals that were imaginable during that time. Throughout His entire ministry, Jesus had no home, and only the most basic of clothing and food. He achieved no acceptance whatsoever by the leaders of Israel, and He was rejected as the promised Messiah.
These are a few of the reasons that so few people received Jesus as the Messiah, or chose to follow Him. His birth, His manner of life, His background and the scandal attached to His name, were offensive to many people. (more…)