This is a simple and forthright passage from the apostle John about why Jesus was sent to earth and where His power comes from.
John 12:42-50: 42 Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
44 Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. 45 And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. 46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. 47 And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him— the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. 49 For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. 50 And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”
Commentary: 12:42-43. In spite of massive national unbelief, the situation was not hopeless. God always has a remnant. Many individuals in high places did believe in Jesus, but for fear of being put out of the synagogue they did not openly confess Him. They feared men’s opinions and loved men’s praise . . . more than God’s praise.
- jesus’ exhortation (12:44-50).
When and where Jesus spoke these words is not indicated. This seems to be a general summary of Jesus’ manifestation of Himself to the nation.
12:44-46. Cried out indicates the importance of the issues before the nation. Jesus is the perfect manifestation of God, the One who sent Him, so that to believe in Jesus is to believe in God. People do not have two objects of faith: God and/or Jesus. When one sees Jesus, he sees the Father who sent Him. Jesus came to lead people out of Satan’s kingdom of darkness into God’s kingdom of love and light.
12:47-50. Since Jesus is God’s Word (Logos) to people, God spoke decisively and finally in Him. The issue is the command of the Father. To obey the Father is to come to eternal life. To reject the Father’s word—which is Jesus’ very word—is to abide in death. Moses predicted the coming of the great Prophet (One who would speak for God). Moses said, “You must listen to Him”. Condemnation at the last day is the penalty for rejecting the One whom the Father sent.
The purpose of God’s revelation in Jesus is positive: He came to save, not to judge. But rejection of God’s Revelation inevitably brings a hardening in sin and ultimately God’s judgment.
In speaking of Jewish national unbelief John balanced his theological explanation with Jesus’ serious exhortation to the nation to repent. In the words of Moses, these “are not just idle words for you—they are your life” (Deut. 32:47).
This is as simple as it gets in God indicating that His Son Jesus Christ was appointed by Him to have life, save lives, but not to judge at this point in time. Jesus came to lead His people out of Satan’s kingdom of darkness and into God’s kingdom of love and light, to explain that to obey the Father is to come to eternal life and to reject the Father’s word is to is to abide in death.
To live as children of light one must discern what pleases the Lord (cf. 2 Cor. 5:9; Col. 1:10).
Man has only two options: trust in the Son or reject the Son. Unbelief is tragic ignorance but it is also willful disobedience to the clear light of the Lord.
God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?
Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the promises of God’s blessings in His time.
Prayer: Father in heaven, I praise Your for Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I praise You for Your grace in sending us Your wisdom about “Walk in the light.” Bless those who have read this article for they too are seeking Your truth, love, wisdom and understanding.
May God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights, our safety nets and our inspiration for loving happiness in all of Your kingdom. Father into your hands I commend my spirit. Not my will, but Yours be done. Please come Lord Jesus.
I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy spirit,