Here is an absolutely fascinating talk from anti-missionary Jews For Judaism rabbi Michael Skobac.
Obviously, Skobac does not think Jesus really was Moshiach. After all, his career is trying to convince Jews that Jesus wasn’t Moshiach! This only makes his line of argument even more intriguing, coming as it does from Skobac’s religious and professional perspective.
Skobac thinks that Jesus was a Torah-observant Jew. He thinks Jesus was righteous, and there was nothing about him to mark him out as an evil, negative or disobedient man.
Skobac doesn’t think there is anything sinister about Jesus claiming to be Moshiach, and actually thinks this is something healthy and positive for committed, zealous and sincere Jews, to believe they might be the catalyst for change in Hashem’s kingdom.
Watch from 08:45:
Assuming that it’s a person that could be theoretically in the ballpark, which means it’s someone who minimally is a religious Jew, that’s learned, that seems to have some leadership qualities – if the person claims to be the Messiah, on some level a healthy response would be Hal thy – “it would be nice”. It would be nice if you turned out to be the Moshiach, it would be very nice. Meaning, I don’t know for sure, I suspect you probably are a little bit deluded, but it would be nice if it was true. The point I’m trying to make is that the idea of someone being Moshiach is not an unhealthy impulse. I think that it’s a positive thing to be the Moshiach. You’re gonna be the force, you’re gonna be the agent, to make the world a much better place. So for a person to have this impulse, that I’m gonna be the one that’s gonna basically bring this world to its fulfillment, that’s not a bad thing to think. That’s not an evil thought, that’s a positive thought! On some level, maybe everyone should think that about themselves! I wanna be someone who’s gonna change this world. I wanna be someone who’s gonna make this world a better place. I’m not talking about someone claiming [to be] a great cult leader [or] a great dictator. The concept itself to be Moshiach is not an evil concept, it’s a positive concept. So, you have someone named Jesus, 2000 years ago, who thought he was the Moshiach. That was what he thought about himself. And he persuaded a group of people to follow him [and] that he was the Messiah.