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.
God’s Glory v. Men’s Glory
“Glory, glory Man United!” was a song Manchester United supporters would sing as I went around school as a youngster. There would be something glorious about being a player for Manchester United, one of the biggest sports clubs in the world. There is something glorious about winning as many championships and trophies as Manchester United have won. However, there is something that takes the edge off of the whole thing in the face of death. We are born, we live and then we die. From the perspective of day-to-day living, it seems like we should amass as much money as we can. We should preserve our youth. We should get trophies. We should court fame.
From God’s perspective our greatest achievements are small and petty. Our great attempts at fame and significance are absurd. Jesus has lived to show us what being glorious truly means. Jesus lived a life subjected to the Father’s will. Jesus connected eternity with time. But he was hidden and understated. Those who knew what they were looking at lacked the guts to leave their own status behind and follow him. Most people were so brainwashed into the culture of their time that they missed the glory of what was happening under their noses.
May we see beyond our salaries, our houses, our children and our selves. May we see the eternal paradox of Jesus who is God and man. May we model our lives on his glory. may we embrace death and live a new life.
- What miracles had many of the crowd seen?
- Why didn’t they believe?
- Why are we told that some of the leaders did believe?
- Are there those who believe in Jesus’ glory secretly? Who and where?
- How do you see glory in Jesus in the Book of John?