John 12.37-41 cont.
37 They did not believe in Him, although He had done so many miraculous signs before them.
38 This was to fulfil the word that Isaiah the prophet spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And, Lord, to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
39 Therefore, they were unable to believe, because again Isaiah said:
40 “He has blinded their eyes and had hardened their heart, so that they should not see with their eyes and understand with the heart, and turn, and I would heal them.”
41 Isaiah said these things because he saw His (the glory of Jesus) glory and spoke about Him.
Many of us look at the creation and can see the wonders of our Heavenly Father in His creation. Scenes of beauty in various parts of the world, leave us awe struck that God has created something so wonderful. At the same time we find it hard to understand that there are millions of people who do not believe that God, in and through Jesus, has created all that we see.
Instead they prefer to believe that all that we see, and all that we cannot see is the result of some random accident.
Isaiah expressed his frustration at the fact that it seemed as though no one believed what he was prophesying. John quotes from Isaiah 53.1: “Lord, who has believed our report? And, Lord, to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
It is possible that most preachers will feel this way at some stage during their preaching life.
Isaiah must have found it incredibly hard that no one appeared to believe what He was saying. He had preached and prophesied from the depths of his soul. He had poured out words that he knew had come from God. Yet people refused to believe what he was saying; they rejected the message that he brought from God.
Paul expresses the same thoughts in 1 Corinthians 1.18: The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God – (NLT).
Sadly, most people refuse to accept the message of the cross, they reject that God’s purpose in Jesus going to the cross was that He should pay the price of our sin. It was so that we might not receive the wages of sin, but instead receive His gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus (Romans 6.23).
It is for each one of us to make sure that we are not in the camp of those who refuse to believe the report of the Lord, but that we are firmly encamped amongst the believers in Jesus.