Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative to present Jesus in the context he walked in with the unknown disciple that narrates introducing my thoughts and sparking more ideas with his questions. Enjoy.
We stopped at the edge of the crowd. The people were still debating and arguing about what happened.
John said, “Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him.”
Jesus reminded us of Isaiah the prophet saying, “Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
For this reason, they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:
“He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn—and I would heal them.”
Yet at the same time, many even among the leaders believed in him. I knew of Nicodemus. They feared they would be put out of the synagogue, for they loved human praise more than praise from God.