John 18: 36 “My kingdom is not of this world,” said Jesus.
This is why Jesus was killed. This is why the Jews did not recognize Him.
They were looking for the wrong Jesus. They were looking for a king who would throw off the mantle of oppression that they were under, and conquer the Romans.
But Jesus didn't come as a conqueror. He wasn't what they were looking for. He wasn't what they wanted.
He came to die. He came to rescue, but He did it by conquering sin and death, not Rome. He came to offer the world reconciliation to God, but so many did not see it and they spat in His face instead of falling at His feet in repentance.
We don't get to accept Jesus for Who we want Him to be. We can only accept Him for Who He is. Who He said He was. Who God proclaimed Him to be in the Word.
One day He will be a conquering King. But first, we need to accept Him as the suffering servant.
Are we looking for Jesus?