Jn 12:38-41 – “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT? AND TO WHOM HAS THE ARM OF THE LORD BEEN REVEALED?” For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, “HE HAS BLINDED THEIR EYES AND HE HARDENED THEIR HEART, SO THAT THEY WILL NOT SEE WITH THEIR EYES AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART, AND BE CONVERTED, AND SO I WILL NOT HEAL THEM.” These things Isaiah said because he saw His glory, and he spoke about Him.

Isaiah was obviously one of the greatest of the Old Testament prophets. His revelation of Christ was only surpassed by John the Baptist as far as Old Testament prophets go. This passage gives us a look at how Isaiah saw ,what he saw and gave the world a prophetic look at the coming Messiah. It started for Isaiah when he saw the Lord in the temple. In that passage in Isaiah 6, Isaiah spoke of God’s glory, his own sinfulness, and displayed his calling as a prophet. The revelation of Christ in the book of Isaiah came from this God encounter. Isaiah began to prophesy from that time as one with eyes wide open. In today’s passage he shows us why people cannot believe simple gospel truth, their eyes are closed and their hearts are hard. What is the solution? The only answer to this is somehow to see God’s glory as Isaiah did. Now I am not saying that your encounter will be as dramatic as Isaiah’s but it is only in His light that we begin to see light. Here is a quote from Matthew Henry about this passage.

“The vision which the prophet there had of the glory of God is here said to be his seeing the glory of Jesus Christ: He saw his glory. Jesus Christ therefore is equal in power and glory with the Father, and his praises are equally celebrated. Christ had a glory before the foundation of the world, and Esaias saw this.”

Today we can see the glory of God in Jesus Christ. We open the New Testament and we find Him there. The gospels, especially John’s gospel, are streaming with revelation light. Open the book, this is where the glory of Christ can be seen. Gather at church with other believers, He can also be found there. Once you see the glory of God in His Son Jesus your whole world will be seen through this gospel light. Like Isaiah, after you see His glory you will happily speak to anyone who will listen about the Lord.

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