Why Did the Jews Reject Jesus?
We find the following verse in the Qur'an (Al-i Imran verse 21):
"As to those who deny the signs of God, and in defiance of right kill the prophets, and kill those who teach just dealing with mankind, announce a grievous penalty to them"
According to this verse, those who kill the prophets "in defiance of right" will be severely punished.
We know that the Jews were responsible for the death of many prophets according to verses in the Qur'an, the Holy Tawrat and Injil. From these same sources we realize that the Jews wanted to have Jesus (Isa) put to death. Like any other people, the Jews certainly did not kill the prophets without having some sort of reasons for their actions. The case of Jesus was no exception.
Even though the Jews were ruled by the Romans in the time of Jesus, they still tried to practice the sharia given by Moses. According to this sharia, no one could be punished unless it could be shown that he had broken the sharia. Having arrested Jesus, the Jews held a council to find Jesus guilty of sinning against the sharia given to Moses. Just what happened during this trial is recorded for us in the Holy Injil (Mark 14:55-64):
"Now the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain testimony against Jesus to put Him to death; and they were finding none. For many were giving false testimony against Him, and yet their testimony was not consistent. And some stood up and began to give false testimony against Him, saying, 'We heard Him say, "I will destroy this temple made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands."' And not even in this respect was their testimony consistent. And the high priest arose and came forward and questioned Jesus, saying, 'Do You make no answer to what these men are testifying against You?' But He kept silent, and made no answer. Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, 'Are You the Christ (Masih), the Son of the Blessed One?' And Jesus said, 'I am; and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.' And tearing his clothes, the high priest said, 'What further need do we have of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy; how does it seem to you?' And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death."
According to these verses, when Jesus was asked if He was the Son of God, He replied positively "I am." The high priest, on hearing this, accused Jesus of blasphemy, and the Council then condemned Him to death.
In the Qur'an (Sura Tauba verse 30) we see something very interesting concerning this subject:
"The Jews call Ezra the Son of God, and the Christians call Christ the Son of God. This is the saying of their mouth; but they imitate what the infidels of old used to say. May God destroy them! How they are deluded away from the truth!"
According to this verse, those who say Jesus is the Son of God are to be destroyed. And when Jesus Himself said that He is God's Son, the Jews also wanted His death! If we agree with the Qur'an in rejecting Jesus' being the Son of God, this means we agree with the death sentence given Jesus by the Jews of His time.
The Qur'an reports that those who kill God's prophets will be punished severely. Yet whoever wants those who say Jesus is God's Son to be destroyed, such a person, were he at the trial of Jesus, would have voted for His death.
What will you do about Jesus? The choice is yours.