WHAT DO THE JEWISH PEOPLE THINK OF JESUS?
Well, there is really not a single view of Him in the Jewish community. Actually, most Jewish people do not think about Him at all. If they were asked about their views, some would say He was a rabbi. Others, a wise man on the same level as mystic or guru. Those who would hold to this view would typically be the less religious (or secular) Jewish person.
If a Jewish person is very religious (like the Orthodox) then the views tend to be quite negative. To them, Jesus was an apostate Jew and an archenemy of the Jewish people, the founder of a destructive religion that has brought untold hardship and persecution on them through the generations. These are usually shaped from Talmudic tales about Jesus and not at all from them actually reading the New Testament writings.
You might imagine that it was actually the atrocious behavior of so-called Christians which really helped shape these views about Jesus during the dark ages and more recent persecutions as well. These persecutors were the followers of Jesus, so why would we ever want to follow Him?
Jewish people might vary in their views about Jesus, but the majority would say He was not the Messiah and definitely not God. To the Jewish mind, the thought that God could visit us in human form is anathema. From their point of view, any Jew who accepts Jesus is an oxymoron. Like a black man for the KKK or a chicken for KFC.
Thankfully, it is the Holy Spirit who can break through this veil. He does open the hearts of a small minority of Jewish people to search the scriptures. These Jewish people whom the Lord draws are called Messianic Jews meaning they (we) DO accept Jesus as Messiah and God visiting us. One day, the scriptures tell us, the veil will be removed and “..all Israel will be saved.” (Romans 11:26).