Many Jews Followed

We hear that the Jews did not recognize Rabbi Yeshua as God’s Messiah. Truth is, the Jewish authorities refused him. At the time of Rabbi Yeshua‘s crucifixion Judaism itself, calling to mind the covenant between the pieces and the Temple curtain Mt 27:51, was torn in two, divided between those who followed him and those who did not. In the most prominent and widely accepted histories of the time, the Gospels of Sts. MatthewMarkLuke and JohnSt. Paul’s four great epistles, RomansGalatiansFirst and Second Corinthians, and Josephus’ Antiquities of the Jews, testify to Rabbi Yeshua as God’s Messiah.

Mt 4:25. “Great crowds followed him” Mt 8:1. “And great crowds gathered about him” Mt 13:2. “And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children” Mt 14:21. “And great crowds came to him” Mt 15:30. “Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children” Mt 15:38. “A great crowd followed him” Mt 20:29. “And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes” Mk 1:22. “And a very large crowd gathered about him” Mk 4:1. “… with his disciples and a great multitude …” Mk 10:46. “All the multitude was astonished at his teaching” Mk 11:18. “Great multitudes gathered to hear and to be healed” Lk 5:15. “A great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon …” Lk 6:17. “And a great crowd went with him” Lk 7:11. “A great crowd came together and people from town after town came to him” Lk 8:4. “… when so many thousands of the multitude had gathered together …” Lk 12:1. “When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazarus … because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus” Jn 12:911. “The Pharisees then said to one another, “You see that you can do nothing; look, the world has gone after him” Jn 12:19. “So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls” Acts 2:41. “But many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to about five thousand” Acts 4:4. “And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith” Acts 6:7.

All over the Gospels: Mt 4:25Mt 8:1Mt 13:2Mt 14:21Mt 15:30Mt 15:38Mt 20:29Mk 1:22Mk 3:7Mk 4:1Mk 10:46Mk 11:18Lk 5:15Lk 6:17Lk 7:11Lk 8:4Lk 12:1Jn 12:911Jn 12:19Acts 2:41Acts 4:4Acts 6:7.

During Rabbi Yeshua‘s incarnate life the Jewish authorities tried to persecute him and His shlikhim, but feared their great numbers. Mt 21:46Mk 12:12Lk 22:2. After RabbiYeshua ascended into heaven Acts 1:9 the Jewish authorities continued their efforts to persecute the shlikhim . After St. Stephen proclaimed a vision of Rabbi Yeshua Acts 7:56 they stoned him to death Acts 7:58. Having accomplished that, they raised a great persecution against all of Rabbi Yeshua‘s shlikhim Acts 8:1. That persecution continued until the First Jewish Revolt against Rome. The Christians had been peaceful, but the Romans responded with overwhelming military force and destroyed Jerusalem including the Temple. The other early historical documents written at that time are less important sources of evidence, but they testify at minimum to his historical presence on the scene.

The Pharisees then said to one another, “You see that you can do nothing; look, the world has gone after him” Jn 12:19.