John 12.41 cont.
41 Isaiah said these things because he saw His (the glory of Jesus) glory and spoke about Him.
In this verse John makes it clear that he was referring to Isaiah. The glory of the Lord that Isaiah saw, was the glory of Jesus.
In chapter one John also said that he, along with the other disciples, has seen the glory of Jesus:
14 And the word became flesh , and lived amongst us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the unique Son of the Father, full of grace and truth – John 1.14.
Also in Revelation John gives a description of Jesus in His glory, which he saw:
12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me, and having turned around I saw seven golden lampstands
13 And in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of man, having been clothed down to His feet and having a golden girdle sash around His chest.
14 Now His head and hair were as white as wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like flaming fire.
15 And His feet were as a brilliant gleaming metal as in a furnace, and His voice like the sound of many waters.
16 And having seven stars in His right hand and out of His mouth came a sharp double edged sword, and His outward appearance was like the sun in all its power – (1.12-16).
It was in the seeing of the glory of Jesus that Isaiah was able to receive the revelation about the unbelief of the Jews.
Therefore, let us also seek to see Jesus glorified, because in doing so we also receive further revelations of Him and His purposes.
When John wrote verse 41 he was looking back, and prompted by the Holy Spirit, he was giving God’s explanation of why there were those Jews who refused to believe Jesus, although they could not dispute the evidence that Jesus had given them.
Let us pray that the glory of Jesus will surround and envelope us so that we will be able to see more of the revelation of Jesus. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord, who is the Spirit, makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image – 2 Corinthians 3.18 (NLT).