John 12:42-50

In John 12:42-50, Jesus has been becoming clearer and clearer on what was to come, and “a considerable number from the ranks of the leaders did believe”.  People know they need a Savior, and as Jesus made it clear that He was in fact the One, many believed, even those in places of leadership.  But then the rubber met the road.  “But because of the Pharisees, they didn’t come out in the open with it”.  Even in those days, there was a reluctance to let faith show in the real world.  In this case, they probably had a legitimate concern as their lives may have been on the line.

But for many of us, we tend to check our faith when we leave the safe haven of our homes or churches.  We certainly don’t want anyone to know we are a Christ Follower.  Faith can’t be an on and off proposition though.  We have to make our belief in Christ central to who we are and how we live.  And that requires that we do it transparently and without fear.  Jesus said “When push came to shove they cared more for human approval than for God’s glory”. Now many would deny that this is the reason they live their faith under the radar, but when you truly peel back the reason, it comes down to this.  We care more about what man thinks than God.  Bad choice.

Jesus went on to say “If anyone hears what I am saying and doesn’t take it seriously, I don’t reject him. I didn’t come to reject the world; I came to save the world. But you need to know that whoever puts me off, refusing to take in what I’m saying, is willfully choosing rejection”.  Jesus came to save all of us, and He rejects no one who believes in Him.  We can’t ever become bad enough that Jesus doesn’t still love us and desire to cleanse our sins.  But we have to believe.  We have to receive His gift of grace. And when we choose, and it is our choice, not to make Him our Savior and Lord, then that choice causes us to reject the offer that God so richly made of eternal life.

God has a plan to save any and all who come to Him through faith in Christ.  And Jesus told us “exactly what his command produces: real and eternal life”.  Faith in Christ produces exactly that.  It isn’t a maybe proposition.  It isn’t dependent on anything else but believing in Jesus as the Savior.  And it always produces the same outcome – real and eternal life.  We can have that today.  We can know for sure what our future holds.  We have the ability to create a secure and guaranteed place with God in eternity.  It comes down to our choice.  Will we choose Jesus?  Or will be choose to please man and our own selfish desires.  It is that simple!

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