But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the lord been revealed?” Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again: “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.” These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him. 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; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. (John 12:37-43)
They Did Not Believe In Him
It was early in the final week of Jesus life. The shadow of the cross lay heavy on the Lord and He knew it was a few days and His work would be completed. All that the Father had ordained for His Son to accomplish was nearing an end. The agony of crucifixion was constant on His mind knowing His sacrifice would save all men through His blood. A life of righteousness had culminated into a sinless example that would be left for men to follow and establish a memorial of the immensity of God’s love. On this day Jesus had hidden Himself from the multitudes. He had spent his life showing the power of God by His example and the last three years evidencing the supremacy of the Holy Spirit through signs and wonders. In all the miracles of healing, raising the dead, walking on water and casting out demons, the people did not believe in Him. Had He failed in His mission that the people would not believe? The answer was troubling.
Seven hundred years before the birth of Christ, the statesman Isaiah had prophesied to the people the coming of their Messiah. No book in the Old Testament declares the coming Christ more clearly than Isaiah. Not only does the man of God show the coming of the Promised One but he also shows how the people would react to His signs and power. It would not be different than the days of Isaiah. The nation of Israel was in dire trouble as they had committed spiritual adultery in going after the gods of the nations around them. God had sent His prophets among the people to turn their hearts showing signs and wonders and bringing calamities upon the nation to bring them back. They refused. Amos declared the discipline of the Lord upon the people did not change their minds. Israel was a stubborn and rebellious nation that refused to see the clear message of the Lord. It does not speak well of the character of man when God sends His word against the people and they rebel.
When Jesus walked among men there was no doubt He was the Son of God for no man could do what He did. The people recognized the teaching of Jesus was superior to anything they had heard from the Jewish rulers. Nothing in the life of the man from Nazareth condemned Him and everyone agreed He was a good man. Sadly, all the evidence pointing to Jesus being the only begotten Son of God was ignored by the people as they prepared to murder Him. The early prophets had warned of the judgment of God upon Israel but they did not listen. Israel was repeating the same lesson now with Jesus as He would be killed on Friday. The eyes of the people were blinded and their hearts hardened.
History repeats itself as a lesson of the future. Like the days of Israel and the crucifixion of Jesus, men today are blinded in their eyes and hardened in their hearts to the word of God. The Bible is the complete revelation of the will of God and most men have either no interest in what it says or unwilling to follow its clear precepts. If they would accept the Bible as the only truth they would see with their eyes, understand with their hearts and be healed. Men cannot believe the word of God because they have no desire to abide by His authority. Like the days of the prophets and the days of Jesus, men live for themselves seeking glory in their own wisdom. Blinded by the pride of life the glory of God cannot be seen. The praise of men is more powerful to the hearts of those who refuse to confess belief in the invisible God and will lead to the destruction of their souls. It is no surprise the Bible is vilified today. They killed Jesus two thousand years ago for the same reason.