October 30th, 1911
In the Bible there are prophecies of the coming of Christ.
The Jews still await the coming of the Messiah, and pray to God day and night
to hasten His advent.
When Christ came they denounced and slew Him, saying: ‘This
is not the One for whom we wait. Behold when the Messiah shall come, signs and
wonders shall testify that He is in truth the Christ. We know the signs and
conditions, and they have not appeared. The Messiah will arise out of an
unknown city. He shall sit upon the throne of David, and
behold, He shall come with a sword of steel, and with a sceptre of iron shall
He rule! He shall fulfil the law of the Prophets, He shall conquer the East and
the West, and shall glorify His chosen people the Jews. He shall bring with Him
a reign of peace, during which even the animals shall cease to be at enmity
with man. For behold the wolf and the lamb shall drink from the same spring,
and the lion and the doe shall lie down in the same pasture, the serpent and
the mouse shall share the same nest, and all God’s creatures shall be at rest’.
According to the Jews, Jesus the Christ fulfilled none of
these conditions, for their eyes were holden and they could not see.
He came from Nazareth, no unknown place. He carried no sword
in His hand, nor even a stick. He did not sit upon the Throne of David, He was
a poor man. He reformed the Law of Moses, and broke the Sabbath Day. He did not
conquer the East and the West, but was Himself subject to the Roman Law. He did
not exalt the Jews, but taught equality and brotherhood, and rebuked the
Scribes and Pharisees. He brought in no reign of peace, for during His lifetime
injustice and cruelty reached such a height that even He Himself fell a victim
to it, and died a shameful death upon the cross.