November 14, 2021

Accepting Or Rejecting The Christ  

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Passage: John 12:27-50
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Accepting Or Rejecting The Christ  

John 12:27-36 (NASB)
27  "Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, 'Father, save Me from this hour'? But for this purpose I came to this hour.
28  "Father, glorify Your name." Then a voice came out of heaven: "I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again."
29  So the crowd of people who stood by and heard it were saying that it had thundered; others were saying, "An angel has spoken to Him."
30  Jesus answered and said, "This voice has not come for My sake, but for your sakes.
31  "Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.
32  "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself."
33  But He was saying this to indicate the kind of death by which He was to die.
34  The crowd then answered Him, "We have heard out of the Law that the Christ is to remain forever; and how can You say, 'The Son of Man must be lifted up'? Who is this Son of Man?"
35  So Jesus said to them, "For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes.
36  "While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light." These things Jesus spoke, and He went away and hid Himself from them.

  1. Reasons To Believe In Jesus
  2. Unbelievers

John 12:37-41 (NASB)
37  But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him.
38  This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke: "LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT? AND TO WHOM HAS THE ARM OF THE LORD BEEN REVEALED?"
39  For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah said again,
40  "HE HAS BLINDED THEIR EYES AND HE HARDENED THEIR HEART, SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT SEE WITH THEIR EYES AND PERCEIVE WITH THEIR HEART, AND BE CONVERTED AND I HEAL THEM."
41  These things Isaiah said because he saw His glory, and he spoke of Him.

Isaiah 53:1-5 (NASB)
1  Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2  For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
3  He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4  Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.
5  But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.

Isaiah 6:9-10 (NASB)
9  He said, "Go, and tell this people: 'Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.'
10  "Render the hearts of this people insensitive, Their ears dull, And their eyes dim, Otherwise they might see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed."

  1. Silent Believers

John 12:42-43 (NASB)
42  Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue;
43  for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.

  1. True Believers

John 12:44-46 (NASB)
44  And Jesus cried out and said, "He who believes in Me, does not believe in Me but in Him who sent Me.
45  "He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me.
46  "I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.

  1. Resulting Consequences Of Unbelief

John 12:47-50 (NASB)
47  "If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.
48  "He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.
49  "For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak.
50  "I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me."

John 1:9-12 (NASB)
9  There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
10  He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
11  He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
12  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,

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