THE TRUE LIGHT – PART IV
Leslie M. John
Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. (John 12:27-28)
People heard a voice from heaven saying “I have glorified it, and I will glorify again” in response to Lord Jesus prayer to the Father asking if He should say that the suffering He was going to endure should be removed from Him; nay but the Lord immediately says to the Father that He came to die on behalf of men. The people thought an angel spoke to the Lord; but it was the voice was from heaven for the people that the Father had glorified the Son’s death, His burial and resurrection.
Lord Jesus said to them that the judgment of this word is near. The ruler of this world will be cast out when He is lifted up on the cross, and thereafter He will draw people unto Himself. In saying these words Lord Jesus was saying to them the terrible suffering that He has to endure on the cross, on their behalf. He said earlier in John 3:14 that just as Moses lifted up the brazen serpent in the wilderness, He, as a “Son of man” was to be lifted up. (cf. Numbers 21:9; John 3:14; John 6:44)
“Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things” (John 8:28).
The crowd questioned the Lord as to who the “Son of man” is that He should be lifted up and die for them. Their question was based on their belief that Messiah would never die and will rule forever according to Scriptures such as Psalm 110:4; Daniel 2:44; 8:13-14; Isaiah 9:7.
However, they never gave credence to the Scriptures from Isaiah 53:1-12. If they believed that Scriptures from Isaiah 53:1-12 were prophecy of the Lord’s suffering, death, and Psalm 16:10, and Psalms 22:19-21 of His resurrection, they would not have had such rejection of Lord Jesus Christ as their Messiah as Pharisees did then, and many Jews do now. Salvation is available for everyone who confesses Jesus as Lord and believes in His death, burial and resurrection. He was divine, and yet He came down from heaven into this world in the likeness of man, and in suffering He took the nature of man.
“For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption” (Psalms 16:10).
“Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it” (Acts 2:24).
“God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption” (Acts 13:33-35)
Daniel 12:2 also speaks of resurrection of souls in general some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
“And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2)
Therefore, Lord Jesus said to them that He was the true light and that light will be with them for a little while more; and warned them to believe on Him, while He was there in the world. He is the true light and they should believe in Him that they may become “sons of light”. He said to them that they would grope in darkness if they do not walk in His light.
Everyone should seek to understand what the true light is, and follow the Lord in His light, rather than groping in darkness and head to an unknown destination.
Paul writes in Romans 11:1-36 that God did not cast away the children of Israel, but they are blinded for a season until the fullness of Gentiles is come in. What a great privilege is that Gentiles are able to come to the Lord now.
“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in” (Romans 11:25)
Lord Jesus warned them that if His words are of everlasting life and if His words are rejected they will be judged (cf. John 12:48-50). Does it scare that after the final great white throne judgment the unbeliever’s soul will be cast into the ‘lake of fire’, where there is no end for gnashing of teeth, nor does the fire quench.
Highly exalted is the LORD God Almighty. He deserves to be worshipped by everyone because He is the creator of all and everything. He had all the glory in heaven with the Father and yet He relinquished His glory and came down in the form of a servant and in the likeness of man to save sinners.
Alas! Even though Lord Jesus did many miracles before the Jewish crowd, and spoke to them the truth about Him that He was sent by the Father to speak the words of the Father, yet they did not believe in Him. Lord Jesus quoted prophecies from Isaiah 51:9; 52:10; 53:1-3 and said to them they did not believe on Him and that their eyes are blinded, and their hearts are hardened (cf. John 12:37-41). Their hardening of their hearts was like Pharaoh who hardened his heart. It is because Pharaoh repeatedly hardened his heart, God hardened his heart further that the LORD may be glorified by rescuing the children of Israel from the bondage of slavery with His strong arm (cf. Exo. 6:6; Deut. 9:29; 26:8)