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What is God's Plan for the Jewish People?
Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down." In His parable of the owner and tenants of the vineyard, the wedding feast and others, Jesus made it clear that the kingdom of God was going to be taken away from the Jewish people and given to others, to the Gentiles. The nature of the kingdom has been transformed from a geo-political power associated with a single ethnicity to a world-wide movement of people from every tribe, tongue, people and nation.
But is the story over for the Jewish people? Have they played their part and been set aside permanently?
No! Jesus said that Jerusalem would not see Him again until they say (again), "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." This was the proper and triumphant cry on Palm Sunday. It was too quickly changed to "Crucify! Crucify!" Jesus said it will rise again from the lips of the Jewish people before they see Him again face-to-face.
Zechariah the prophet foretold this day, the merciful turning of the hearts of the Jewish people to their Messiah: "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn." - Zechariah 12:10, ESV
Paul also tells of this turning of the Jewish people to their Messiah in Romans 11: