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  • 2017-02-20   [요한복음(John) 12:34 - 12:43]


    Jesus told his people to believe in the light while they had it. The writer of this gospel explained that the unbelief of the people was the fulfilment of Isaiah’s prophecy.

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  • 34 So the crowd answered him, "We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?"
    35 So Jesus said to them, "The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.
    36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." 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.
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Thinking & Understanding
A crowd of Jewish people strongly argued that Jesus could not be the Christ (Messiah), based on the scripture that said the Christ would live eternally. At a glance, there is truth to this argument, but Jesus’ death was not the end. These people had failed to see the life of resurrection in Jesus’ death. However, this insight could only be gained through the light. Because these people were children of darkness, who sought only their own glory and not the glory of God, they were unable to receive the power of discernment (vv. 34-43).

Who is God?
Who is Jesus?
V. 35 Jesus gave us his light and helped us to escape from darkness (ignorance). Hearing the word, understanding the word, and wanting to live by the word is the result of that light shining in us.

What lesson is God teaching me?
Vv. 37-41 The Jewish people saw God’s strong hand of authority through Jesus and heard God’s word, but they still did not believe. This was just as Isaiah had prophesied. Even now, just as Isaiah prophesied, there will continue to be people whose eyes turn darker, and whose hearts grow more obstinate, the more they see signs and the more they hear the call for them to return to Jesus. Is the word piercing our hearts and biting into our consciences? If so, there is hope.

Prayer
Shine your light on us daily, Lord, through the light of your word. We will not run away, even though we are ashamed. We will return to you.