The Jews Continue in Their Unbelief
John 12:37-50 NIV
37Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. 38This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet:
“Lord, who has believed our message
and to whom has the Arm of the Lord been revealed?”
39For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:
40“He has blinded their eyes
and deadened their hearts,
so they can neither see with their eyes,
nor understand with their hearts,
nor turn—and I would heal them.”
41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about Him.
42Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in Him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.
44 Then Jesus cried out, “When a man believes in Me, he does not believe in Me only, but in the One Who sent Me.
45 When he looks at Me, He sees the One Who sent Me.
46 I have come into the world as a Light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness.
47“As for the person who hears My words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. 48There is a judge for the one who rejects Me and does not accept My words; that very Word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day. 49For I did not speak of My own accord, but the Father Who sent Me commanded Me what to say and how to say it.
50 I know that His command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told Me to say.”
Verse 41: Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about Him.
“I saw Jehovah”, said the Prophet Isaiah, “sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphim; and one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is Jehovah, God of hosts; the whole earth shall be full of his glory!”
It appears evident, from this passage, that the glory which the prophet saw was the Glory of Jehovah. John, therefore, saying here that it was the Glory of Jesus, shows that he considered Jesus to be Jehovah.
We read in, John 17:5
“And now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the Glory I had with you before the world began.”
Verse 45: When he looks at Me, He sees the One Who sent Me.
This verse is a strong confirmation of his equality with God. In no other way can it be true that he who saw Jesus saw him that sent him, unless he were the same in essence. Of no man could it be affirmed that he who saw him saw God.
There were many people who saw Christ, but never saw the Father because they saw Christ as a mere man, and they were offended at the meanness of His outward appearance. They saw nothing Divine in Him, nor the Glory of the Father through Him.
There are still many people who never understand the Glory of Jesus and the Glory of Jehovah is the same and they are offended when others believe it.
But with the eyes of the understanding, whoever saw the Glory of Christ in His miracles, saw the Glory of God in them also, for the Father that dwelt in Him did the works, John 2:11. Whoever truly sees Christ with an eye of faith, sees His glory, as the Glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, as the brightness of His Father's glory, as having the fullness of the Godhead dwelling in Him, the same perfections as in the Father; so that He who has seen the One, has seen the Other also, John 14:9.
Δόξα dóksa from dokeō, “to exercise personal opinion which determines value” dóksa (“glory”) literally means what evokes good opinion, i.e. that something has inherent, intrinsic worth corresponds to the Hebrew word, כָּבוד, kabod “to be heavy”.
Both terms convey God’s infinite, intrinsic worth (substance, essence).
Shekinah (Hebrew: שכינה) is the English spelling of a grammatically feminine Hebrew ancient blessing. The original word means the ‘dwelling’ or ‘settling’, and denotes the dwelling or settling of the Divine presence of God, especially in the Temple in Jerusalem.
Lord Jesus, we believe You had the same Glory with the Father even before the world began.