This so riled them!
(Arthur Pink, "Christ Despised" 1937)
"He was despised and rejected by men." Isaiah 53:3
Another reason why Christ was despised and rejected, was because He repudiated empty profession. Nothing so infuriated the Jews, as Christ's exposure and denunciation of their vain pretensions.
Being omniscient—it was impossible to impose upon Him! Being inflexibly righteous—He could not accept deceptions! Being absolutely holy—He must insist upon sincerity and reality. When they declared "Abraham is our father!" He answered, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham!" When they added "We have one Father, even God," He replied, "If God were your Father, you would love Me . . . you are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do!" This so riled them, that they exclaimed, "Aren't we right in saying that You are a Samaritan and demon-possessed!" (John 8:39-48).
Men will not tolerate One who pierces their religious disguise, exposes their shams, and repudiates their fair, but empty profession!