Is Jesus really the Christ, the Son of God, the Messiah? The Messianic expectation of the Jews was modeled after the book of Judges, wherein the nation Israel repeatedly brought God's judgement upon itself in the form of invasion and oppression by departing from the worship of God into idolatry. After a time God would cause them to repent and would raise up a "Judge", an individual to lead them in overthrowing the oppressors and serve as defacto king for the rest of his/her life. During Jesus' time Rome was the current oppressor of the Jews and the Jews were yearning for Messiah; hoping for a military/political deliverer. Even John, the Baptist, who had correctly pointed out Christ as, "...The lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29), required reassurance when he found himself in prison with nothing much happening on the political front. (Matthew 11:2-6).

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