Is it a fulfillment of prophecy, a blinding of their eyes by the evil one or the glory of man being more important than the glory of God? For various reasons, the people continued in unbelief despite numerous miracles (signs). The seventh sign (in the gospel written by John the Apostle), was bringing Lazarus back to life. Mary, Lazarus’s sister, poured a pint of ointment made from pure nard onto Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. What a beautiful expression understood by those who smelled the aroma as announcing the arrival of a king, “the King of the Jews”. During the triumphal entry, the people recognized His role and shouted Hosanna. To believe in Jesus as King means to believe in God the Father as the One who provided a way for us to be part of His heavenly family. Jesus is the light of the world, whoever follows him will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life (John 8:12). Jesus said these words while in the women’s court of the temple with all the candles burning along the wall perimeter. He provides visual examples of an eternal message. Just as YHWH guided and guarded the children of Israel with a pillar of fire while escaping from slavery in Egypt, Jesus is bringing us safely to eternal life (He rescues us from slavery to sin). – Teresa #KingoftheJewsisKINGOFTHEWHOLEWORLD #read”SitingathefeetofRabbiJesus” #bookbyAnnSpangler
John 12:36-50 (ESV)
36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”
The Unbelief of the People
When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.
37 Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him,
38 so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
39 Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said,
40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.”
41 Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him.
42 Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue;
43 for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.
44 And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me.
45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me.
46 I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.
47 If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.
48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.
49 For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment-what to say and what to speak.
50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.” – John 12:36-50