Matthew 2:4 “When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.”
The Messiah had to be born in Bethlehem and be of the Davidic line of kings. Because Jesus did not “grow up” in Bethlehem and did not rescue the people from Rome and its oppressors, they thought He was a blasphemer and traitor to Israel. These reasons and more are exactly why the prophets foretold that Jesus, the Messiah, would be rejected by His own people despite the work of God He demonstrated for them in healings, miracles, signs and wonders.
The Jews knew much about the Messiah according to prophecy from the Old Covenant, but they knew very little about the Lawgiver. They focused rather upon themselves and their nationalism instead of the Messiah, who according to Isaiah had to be a suffering servant. The Jews were too proud to admit that their Savior would have to suffer and die for their sins, as well as the sins for all mankind. Despite the numerous references to God being the God of both Jew and Gentile, they were so engrossed in “keeping the Law” that they missed out on their Redeemer.
Does your experience with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit rest upon intellect or knowledge or a summation of preaching rather than a deep, intimate relationship between a Parent and His beloved child? Are you missing out on the Messiah as did the Jews? What constitutes your relationship with the Creator? the Father? the Savior? the Lord? the King? Open your heart to Him that He might circumcise it and open the eyes and ears of your spirit that you may come to know Your Father in deep, loving detail. Don’t be blind to the Truth, which the builder rejected but has become the chief cornerstone.