This past Sunday morning we learned – Jesus Christ has taught the gospel. He has performed breathtaking signs over the course of three years. And yet the people don’t believe (John 12:37).
But Jesus is not surprised (Isaiah 53:1). God judicially hardens peoples’ hearts (Isaiah 6). Unbelief leads to greater unbelief. This should terrify persistent unbelievers. God will hide himself from them, where they can not believe.
And yet not all are in unbelief. Some believe.
Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him
But notice the disclaimer:
but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue (John 12:42).
What kind of belief is this? They fear religious excommunication and losing all their benefits, so they remain quiet.
It is a privatized faith. But what true disciple of Jesus Christ stays secret?