When Simeon prophesied over Jesus at the Presentation, he called Him “a light for revelations to the Gentiles.” One of themes you find present in the Gospels is that the Gentiles seem to see and appreciate Jesus more than the Jews do. Like us, they could be jaded and critical of the familiar.
It started in the Infancy narrative when King Herod, the political king of the Jews, tried to kill him. The Three Gentile Kings came from a far just to bow down and worship him. They offered Him gifts; Herod sent an army.
During Jesus’ public ministry people clamored for Jesus to heal their loved ones. The people in Jesus’ hometown almost felt entitled to miracles because they knew Him, but when Jesus did not perform one for them, they tried to throw Him off a cliff.
One the other hand with the Gentiles, you have the Roman centurion who says that he is not worthy to have Jesus enter under his roof, just say the word and his servant would be healed. Jesus was astounded by this man’s faith.
The Canaanite woman begged Jesus to heal her daughter. When Jesus rejected her because she was not Jewish, she humbled herself and said that even the dogs may eat the crumbs that fall from the children’s table. I am astounded at her humility.
The Gentiles understood Jesus authority and their own unworthiness. The religious leaders of the day were just trying to trip Jesus up and discredit Him.
During the Passion of Christ it was the gentile Pilate who called Jesus the King of the Jews. The priests and religious leaders who cried that they had no king but Caesar! Pilate placed above His cross in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews”. When the chief priests tried to get him to change it to “This man said, I am the King of the Jews” Pilate refused. “What I have written I have written.”
Now all of the apostles and disciples were Jewish, so obviously Jesus was not rejected by all the Jews. However, once Peter converted the gentile household of Cornelius in Acts the door to salvation was cracked open. The Gentiles poured into the household of God. They could finally eat more than the crumbs that fell from the children’s table. They were adopted children themselves. Simeon’s prophecy was fulfilled.
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