From Pastor Perry

05/08/2014 John 12:36-43

John 12:36–43 (ESV)
The Unbelief of the People
When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them. 37 Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him, 38 so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
        “Lord, who has believed what he heard from us,
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
39 Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said,
    40     “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.”
41 Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. 42 Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

I’m not going to elaborate too much on this passage.  I think it is motivational to me and others today that know that many rejected Jesus when they heard him preach, teach, and perform miracles.  We should expect the same, if not even more so.  We often think that if we had Jesus with us, then they would listen.  No, the people in his day rejected him!  Many believed in a shallow way, but they had a greater fear of the Pharisees.  That’s backwards... we should fear Jesus who is the final Judge, but the people chose men over God.

I pray: O Lord, help me to keep my eyes fixed on you and to not fix them on man.  You are my Lord and my God.  Protect me from the evil one.  Amen.

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09.10 | 11:35

I really love v.13 in this passage. It is both encouraging and comforting.

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HI this is I Frederick Demond Wilson. I hereby am solemnly here to forebare witnessing of His witness, our Creator.

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