John 12:37-50 Belief and Unbelief Among the Jews

Lots of Isaiah quoted here. Eye-popper: [41] “Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about Him.” When?! In Isaiah 6:1-4, 

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.

[2] Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.

[3] And they were calling to one another:

 “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;

the whole earth is full of his glory.”

[4] At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

The bad news: [37] Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him.

The good news: [42a] Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. 

The best news: [45] The one who looks at Me is seeing the One who sent Me. 

Passages about light and darkness according to verse 46:

Isaiah 5:20, 9:2, Matt. 5:14-16, 6:22-23, John 1:1-19, 3:19-20, 8:12, 9:5, 11:9-10, Romans 13:12-14, 2 Cor. 4:6, Heb. 10:32, 1 Peter 2:9, 1 John 1:5-7, 2:8-10, Rev. 21:23-24, 22:5

Jesus gave His closing argument as He presented His case publicly for the last time. He called all listeners, both then and now, to believe or face the Judge, His Father. On THIS side of the cross, we see the vast extent of His love for us. Even so, to stand in the presence of Jesus must have been something! “Special” just doesn’t say it all…

Tomorrow, we “sit” with Jesus and His Disciples at the Passover. 

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