Fill the silver goblet; Make open the door-way; Let there be no sob; let Elijah come our way.
And let him come singing, Announcing as nigh a Redemption, and drinking The health of Messiah!
A.M. Klein, "Song"
The Jews of Jesus’ time projected an eschatological hope for the transformation of this world at the hands of a messiah. Most did not view Jesus as that figure. Yet as the fulcrum between Jewish tradition and Christian innovation, it is only through the connecting hinge of his Jewishness that God’s covenant could be seen to extend to the Christian people. Drawing upon the messianic tradition established in the Hebrew Bible, the early Christian community came to fix their hopes for redemption on the figure who also came to represent the drawing together of the principle motifs of Judaism. In this way Jesus the Rabbi, the prophet, the Jew, became the Christian messiah.
Canadian Heritage Information Network, The Provincial Museum of Alberta