Yes it did. The story does quite literally end with Jesus as a failed Messiah (if He was ever even supposed to be one). There is nothing in the plain text to suggest that Jesus succeeded as a Messiah. Even the part that is added on by your fundie commentators leaves the success to some mythical "Second Coming".
It's things that you say like this that cause me to dismiss your so-called plain reading of the text while having no concept of belief in the character described in the book except when it furthers your arguments.
I don't need any belief to be able to read. You, on the other hand, have to park your reading ability at the door in order to swallow the rubbish that your commentators are feeding you.
Feel free to dismiss the text if you must - but remember that without the text there would be no Jesus for you to believe in.
Your entire mental thought process requires hard evidence before you even entertain the idea of belief.
This is another thing that I can keep repeating as long as you keep getting it wrong. We should always, always, always require hard evidence before even entertaining the possibility of belief. That includes you. Otherwise you'll believe every UFO and Bigfoot and bat-baby story you hear.
Since you have yet to find satisfactory evidence for a God or for Jesus being a living Spirit today, you resort to the only evidence you have...the book which describes it all (except for later added dogma) and you limit any possibility of belief by the common error of "putting God in a box" or book, as it were.
It isn't "resorting" to the book. You need to understand that the book is the only real source that you have for your belief. In Message 129 I asked you how else you would even know anything about Jesus. In Message 130 you said you'd use the same method as the authors of the book. But they were there. At least they heard the stories second-hand and third-hand from people who were there. You are not hearing the stories twentieth and thirtieth hand from people who were there. You're only hearing them from the book.
So don't be so quick to throw the book away just because you don't like what it says.
I can see why your arguments are framed the way that they are.
Clearly not. You keep getting it wrong every time.
Socialism without woo is worse than the gulag, I swear.
That's just a really stupid thing to say. You should apologise for wasting my time with that.