The People Do Not Believe!
Even though He had done so many miracles before them (right before their eyes), yet they still did not trust in Him and failed to believe in Him—
So that what Isaiah the prophet said was fulfilled: Lord, who has believed our report and our message? And to whom has the arm (the power) of the Lord been shown (unveiled and revealed)?
Therefore they could not believe [they were unable to believe]. For Isaiah has also said,
He has blinded their eyes and hardened and benumbed their [callous, degenerated] hearts [He has made their minds dull], to keep them from seeing with their eyes and understanding with their hearts and minds and repenting and turning to Me to heal them.
Isaiah said this because he saw His glory and spoke of Him.
John 12:37-41 (AMP)
The key word in this section is believe; it is used eight times. First, John explained the unbelief of the people. They would not believe, with a quotation from; they could not believe; and they should not believe.
In spite of all the clear evidence that was presented to them, the nation would not believe. The “arm of the Lord” had been revealed to them in great power, yet they closed their eyes to the truth. They had heard the message (“report”) and seen the miracles, and yet would not believe.
When a person starts to resist the light, something begins to change within him; and he comes to the place where he cannot believe. There is “judicial blindness” that God permits to come over the eyes of people who do not take the truth seriously. (This quotation is found in a number of places in the New Testament. See Matt. 13:14-15; Mark 4:12; Luke 8:10; Acts 28:25-27; Rom. 11:8.)
It is a serious thing to treat God’s truth lightly, for a person could well miss his opportunity to be saved. “Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near“ (Isa. 55:6).
Walk In The Light
And yet [in spite of all this] many even of the leading men (the authorities and the nobles) believed and trusted in Him. But because of the Pharisees they did not confess it, for fear that [if they should acknowledge Him] they would be expelled from the synagogue;
For they loved the approval and the praise and the glory that come from men [instead of and] more than the glory that comes from God. [They valued their credit with men more than their credit with God.]
John 12:42-43 (AMP)
There were those who would not believe, and there were those who would not openly confess Christ even though they had believed. Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea belonged to this group initially, but eventually came out openly in their confession of Christ (John 19:38).
In the early church, there were numbers of Pharisees (Acts 15:5) and even priests (Acts 6:7). It was the old struggle between the glory of God and the praise of men (John 12:25-26). It was a costly thing to be excommunicated (John 9:22), and these “secret believers” wanted the best of both worlds.
But Jesus loudly declared, The one who believes in Me does not [only] believe in and trust in and rely on Me, but [in believing in Me he believes] in Him Who sent Me.
And whoever sees Me sees Him Who sent Me.
I have come as a Light into the world, so that whoever believes in Me [whoever cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] may not continue to live in darkness.
If anyone hears My teachings and fails to observe them [does not keep them, but disregards them], it is not I who judges him. For I have not come to judge and to condemn and to pass sentence and to inflict penalty on the world, but to save the world.
Anyone who rejects Me and persistently sets Me at naught, refusing to accept My teachings, has his judge [however]; for the [very] message that I have spoken will itself judge and convict him at the last day.
This is because I have never spoken on My own authority or of My own accord or as self-appointed, but the Father Who sent Me has Himself given Me orders [concerning] what to say and what to tell.
And I know that His commandment is (means) eternal life. So whatever I speak, I am saying [exactly] what My Father has told Me to say and in accordance with His instructions.
John 12:44-50 (AMP)
In John 12:44-50 we have our Lord’s last message before He “hid Himself” from the people. Again, the emphasis was on faith. A number of the basic themes in John’s Gospel run through this message:
- God sent the Son;
- To see the Son means to see the Father;
- Jesus is the Light of the world;
- His words are the very words of God;
- Faith in Him brings salvation;
- To reject Him is to face eternal judgment.
In fact, the very Word that He spoke will judge those who have rejected it and Him!
It is an awesome thought that the unbeliever will face at the judgment every bit of Scripture he has ever read or heard. The very Word that he rejects becomes his judge!
Because the written Word points to the Living Word, Jesus Christ (John 1:14).
Many people reject the truth simply because of the fear of man. Among those who will be in hell are “the fearful” (Rev. 21:8). Better to fear God and go to heaven than to fear men and go to hell!
The word judge is repeated four times in the closing words of this message, and a solemn word it is. Jesus did not come to judge; He came to save (John 3:18; 8:15). But if the sinner will not trust the Savior, the Savior must become the Judge. The sinner is actually passing judgment on himself, not on the Lord!
As you have studied these twelve chapters of the Gospel of John, you have seen Jesus Christ in His life, His ministry, His miracles, His message, and His desire to save lost sinners.
You have considered the evidence.
Have you come to the conviction that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God, the Savior of the world?
Have you trusted Him and received everlasting life?
“Put your trust in the light while there is still time;
then you will become children of the light.”
DECLARATION OF FAITH
By believing in and relying on Jesus, I am believing in and relying on the Father as well.
Jesus is a revelation of the Father’s heart toward me.
Jesus is my Light and my salvation. I no longer live in the ways of darkness, but have the Light of life.
I pray this declaration of faith in Jesus’s name, Amen.
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