They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father. So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am, and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” Even as he spoke, many put their faith in him.
The Jews were debating with Jesus and rehearsing their foolish assumptions and faulty understanding about what he said. Jesus speaks of his soon coming death, but they are unable to comprehend the depths of the meaning or its application to them. He tells them plainly that if they refuse him and fail to accept his person, they will die in their sins.
They didn’t understand anything…
Christ foretells his death on a cross, lifted up above the earth, which they all knew from the Old Testament scriptures, but could not swallow the reality of the one who stood in front of them. They looked upon his glory, which he had with the Father before the world was made, but it couldn’t be seen by their deliberately blinded eyes.
It was not a halo of light, or Ultra-violet radiance from his clothes, or the majesty of his stature as a man, but his perfect obedience to his father in heaven. Jesus did nothing on his own, nor did he speak a single word without the Father and the Spirit. The three persons of the eternal God, walked the earth in perfect harmony, but their glory was not seen by unbelieving eyes. Even as the religious leaders watched miracles happen in front of their eyes, they would not believe. They assigned the power to anything but the living God. The contortions of their minds finally held them in spiritual chains, which they could not escape from.
As Jesus spoke about His death and who he is, the father was with Jesus, and the Spirit dwelt in him fully. It was seen only by eyes that had been changed so that they could spiritually perceive who Christ was and is. His majesty is obvious to all who have a mind to see it. So we also, if we do not believe we will not see.
However, as the Lord spoke, there were many standing around who put their faith in him. They at that moment, saw his glory, they recognized who he was and understood what he came to do. Their eyes and understanding were opened and they silently and eternally trusted in him.
Many were brought into the kingdom of Christ and found a new start and a true love for this amazing man who stood before them. Many others were lost to him, because of their stubborn refusal to see what was being shown to them.
To know him is to have our eyes opened, or minds activated and our stony hearts made soft. It takes a miracle to change human thinking and to use thought processes that show the truth about ourselves and recognize the Man who calls us. Salvation is of the Lord, and when we hear his voice, may we come to Him and find a faith that saves us from the sin of blind unbelief…