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John 12:36b-43 Loved Man’s Glory

THAT is a very good question! Got an answer?

Jesus has given all the direct evidence He intends to, at least for now. He has shown the people enough proof to choke a horse, but they still won’t believe. Now it is time to withdraw until the final phase of God’s plan begins. I wonder who it was specifically that He “hid” from. The group that had been following Him, the general people, or the religious leaders? He wouldn’t stay hidden though. The end is in sight!

Isaiah prophesied about the people’s unbelief and how they would not hear or see the truth, even when it was right in front of them. He also prophesied as to why they wouldn’t hear or see. “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” (verse 40).

Israel HAD to reject Jesus in order for the Gentiles to be included. God didn’t do anything to them that was against their own nature. He simply picked the most opportune time in history to introduce Jesus. The religious leaders of that time were so intent on keeping the little power they had under Roman rule that they were determined that NOTHING, not even the Messiah, was going to take it away from them. Read more »