Who rules?

John 12:37-50

But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke:

             ​​​“Lord, who has believed our report?

              ​​And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?”

​Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:

              ​“He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts,

              ​​Lest they should see with their eyes,

             ​​Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,

             ​​So that I should heal them.”

 These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him

Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.  And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.  I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.  And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.  And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”

 When God speaks something is created.  Jesus speaks everlasting life.  He says anyone who hears His words receives light and will not live in darkness.  Jesus says He speaks what God has given him to say; they work together.  So then how can we not hear, receive and declare?  How can one see, believe and not declare because what man thinks is more important than what God thinks?  If one has this much knowledge and understanding, how can one not rather be pleasing God than man?  And how can one hear the words spoken by Christ not keep them?  Christ says he did not come to judge–judgment was already declared…he came to fulfill his assignment which would provide salvation from the consequences of sin.  That judgment was already in place.  However, rejecting Christ leaves one right where we were before Christ; and so judgment comes, not from Christ but from our own rejection of him. 

That rejection includes not keeping his words.  How can one avoid that?  We must know and understand his words and his message.  That comes from study of his life and words.  That comes from asking the Lord for wisdom, asking the Holy Spirit to give understanding.  When Jesus is rejected, we are not only rejecting him but also the one who sent him, God the Father.  When a representative from one country to another is rejected and sent back, the embassy closed, it is not just a rejection of the individual but also of the country who sent them.  “When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me.”  Mankind or God?  Who carries the weight in our estimation, who do we serve, who rules?  Our choice either condemns us or sets us free.  When we find ourselves asking  what will they think;  lets rephrase to what will God think?

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