"I send the Promised of my Father upon you, but remain ye in the city till ye shall be clothed with power from on high" ( Luke )."John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many days hence" ( Acts 1:5 )."If Christ is not risen again, your faith is vain", declares the Apostle Paul ( 1 Corinthians ), who says no word of the other wonders Christ performed.
Mistaken national pride, accentuated by their galling subject to Rome led them to read a material significance into the predictions of the triumph of the Messias, and hence to love their privilege of being God's chosen people. Paul's metaphor ( Romans ) was then grafted upon the stock of the patriarchs in place of those rejected branches, and entered upon their spiritual inheritance.
We may trace, too, in the world at large, apart from the Jewish people, a similar though less direct preparation.
Augustine does not hesitate to say (Retract., I, xiii, 3): "What we now call the Christian religion existed amongst the ancients, and was from the beginning of the human race, until Christ Himself came in the flesh; from which time the already existing true religion began to be styled Christian".
And thus it has been remarked that Israel alone amongst the nations of antiquity looked forward to glories to come.
It was to this fact rather than to the wonders He worked in His lifetime that His accredited witnesses always appealed in their teaching.