John 12:27-50 The Message Bible

The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up

27  "Right now I am storm-tossed. And what am I going to say? 'Father, get me out of this'? No, this is why I came in the first place. 28  I'll say, 'Father, put your glory on display.'" A voice came out of the sky: "I have glorified it, and I'll glorify it again." 29  The listening crowd said, "Thunder!" Others said, "An angel spoke to him!" 30  Jesus said, "The voice didn't come for me but for you. 31  At this moment the world is in crisis. Now Satan, the ruler of this world, will be thrown out. 32  And I, as I am lifted up from the earth, will attract everyone to me and gather them around me." 33  He put it this way to show how he was going to be put to death. 34  Voices from the crowd answered, "We heard from God's Law that the Messiah lasts forever. How can it be necessary, as you put it, that the Son of Man 'be lifted up'? Who is this 'Son of Man'?" 35  Jesus said, "For a brief time still, the light is among you. Walk by the light you have so darkness doesn't destroy you. If you walk in darkness, you don't know where you're going. 36  As you have the light, believe in the light. Then the light will be within you, and shining through your lives. You'll be children of light."

The Unbelief of the Jews

37  All these God-signs he had given them and they still didn't get it, still wouldn't trust him. 38  This proved that the prophet Isaiah was right: God, who believed what we preached? Who recognized God's arm, outstretched and ready to act? 39  First they wouldn't believe, then they couldn't - again, just as Isaiah said: 40  Their eyes are blinded, their hearts are hardened, So that they wouldn't see with their eyes and perceive with their hearts, And turn to me, God, so I could heal them. 41  Isaiah said these things after he got a glimpse of God's cascading brightness that would pour through the Messiah.

42  On the other hand, a considerable number from the ranks of the leaders did believe. But because of the Pharisees, they didn't come out in the open with it. They were afraid of getting kicked out of the meeting place. 43  When push came to shove they cared more for human approval than for God's glory.

The Judgment of Jesus' Word

44  Jesus summed it all up when he cried out, "Whoever believes in me, believes not just in me but in the One who sent me. 45  Whoever looks at me is looking, in fact, at the One who sent me. 46  I am Light that has come into the world so that all who believe in me won't have to stay any longer in the dark. 47  "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; 48  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. The Word, the Word-made-flesh that I have spoken and that I am, that Word and no other is the last word. 49  I'm not making any of this up on my own. The Father who sent me gave me orders, told me what to say and how to say it. 50  And I know exactly what his command produces: real and eternal life. That's all I have to say. What the Father told me, I tell you."

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