They Still Would Not Believe in Him

Let’s face it, mankind has a trust issue. We see it in our relationships with one another, with group to group, and nation to nation. Many a book or article has been written to document and counteract our issues with trust. Because of our sin, we have experiences in our lives where people have not been truthful and faithful in what they said they would be and do. We carry that baggage over to every relationship whether it negatively impacts us or not. It is there. This surfaces with our interaction with God, so much so that God had to say “God is not man, that he should lie, nor the son of a man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19 NIV1984)

In regards to Jesus Christ, They Still Would Not Believe in Him is a statement that could be applied to any man or woman who has ever dawned this earth, but it is in sharp contrast to who Christ is and what Christ did. Christ is faithful and true. We see man’s trust issues throughout the New Testament as it relates to who Jesus is, what Jesus does and what Jesus promises to do. In John 12, we see the commentary on man’s trust issue. About the people in John 12, we see John write They Still Would Not Believe in Him.

John 12

37 Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. 38 This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet:

“Lord, who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

39 For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:

40 “He has blinded their eyes
    and hardened their hearts,
so they can neither see with their eyes,
    nor understand with their hearts,
    nor turn—and I would heal them.”

41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him.

John explains the people’s trust issues and unbelief through the lens of Old Testament prophecy. Since it is true prophecy, it has to come true just as the prophecy of Christ having to die for the sins of man had to come true. People wanted to know if Jesus was so exceptional, so marvelous, so great why didn’t everyone clamor to Him and believe in Him. John explains, through the Word, that not everyone will believe because they harden their hearts against the truth. Moreover, God, at a point of His decision, takes an active role in not only hardening but cementing the hearts of some who harden their hearts towards Him. That could be all of us, so I am truly grateful for God’s work in my life. He gave my wife, daughter, son and I hearts to believe Him; yet, there are some who will not have the privilege according to what is written here.

Jesus had turned water to wine, healed the royal official’s son, commanded the lame to walk, feed thousands, calmed the storm, opened the eyes of the blind, and raised the dead to life, but of some it is said They Still Would Not Believe in Him. Look at verse 40. At a certain point, it is impossible for them to believe. This is why in verse 35 Jesus was said “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going.” Jesus always warns us of the error of our way. He gives us an opportunity to choose life or death, light or darkness. As you read this today, you have a choice.

Will Jesus’ commentary of you be They Still Would Not Believe in Him. If so, listen to the commentary about your eternal destiny from John 3.

31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

While there is still The Light, walk in it. Look at the miracles in your life. Don’t be in the number of which it is said “They Still Would Not Believe in Him.



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