John 12:16 ( posted 9-10-13 )

These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

 

 

Let's continue.

 

These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified,...

 

Jesus was greatly humbled and was not glorified during His earthly life and ministry. Jesus was not glorified until His resurrection.

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)    John 7:37-39

 

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. “    Philippians 2:5-11

 

 

...then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

 

The Greek word “ ep “ translated “ of “ means, superimposed on. In other words, the things Jesus went through were stacked on top of Him.

 

Technically, the Greek reads - “ ...then they remembered that these things were on him having been written and these things they did to him. “

 

Notice that the writer John said;

...then remembered they that these things were written of him,”

It is interesting that they once knew and later forgot what the Scripture prophesied about Jesus, their Messiah.

I'm certain that all Jews once knew and even remembered later but still rejected Jesus out of hatred for Him.

This is one of the main reasons people in general reject Jesus today...hatred for Him.

However, in spite of this fact, many are coming to believe in Jesus still having a conscience, a good will, a repentant heart, having the desire to place their faith in Jesus.

 

I would love to have been with the 2 men on the road to Emmaus who Jesus taught from the Old Testament the things prophesied about Himself;

And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.

But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.

And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.

And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?    Luke 24:27-32

 

My friend, the trend in society today is to believe all religious doctrines. This way nobody can be accused of being narrow minded.

Jesus is not the only one who claimed to be the only way to Heaven. Every religion historically once claimed to be the only way to Heaven. Some still do but with exceptions. The social trend today is to get away from the narrow mindedness of claiming to be the only way to Heaven and being more compatible.

Unfortunately this same trend is happening within evangelicalism – that is, people who profess or at least once professed to believe Jesus when He said;

I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

I have an evangelical friend who told me he believes that Jesus lied to us when He made this claim and that Jesus is rather one of many ways to Heaven.

 

God created us with the right to choose whoever or whatever we wish to believe.

In my lifetime I have known an abundance of people and presently know as many if not more than I have known my entire life.

I have observed that people who do not know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior have no peace about their present life, nor their future, especially concerning what will happen to them after death... no matter what their religion has taught them.

This is why many people commit suicide...no feeling of hope.

This is why many people turn to drugs, alcohol, and pornography...a temporary escape from reality.

 

Jesus gives assurance that everything will be okay when we die.

What is sad is that I personally know people who profess to believe in Jesus who are still like those who do not believe... without hope and have no peace.

My friend, faith is in the heart... not intellectual head knowledge.

This is why Paul said about the heart;

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. “   Romans 10:9-10

When we believe in Jesus from our heart and not from our brain, then Jesus saves us and gives us blessed assurance, peace and hope.

 

I will continue with verse 17 in the next study.

 

Wayne Brown