If Jesus really was the Jewish messiah, then why did his own people end up rejecting him? Well, as we have seen throughout the Gospel of John, though Jesus was ultimately rejected by the Judaean authorities (Jn. 1:11), many Jews in his day did end up believing in him (Jn. 7:31, 8:30, 10:42, etc.). But, as we’ll see on this program, the fact that the messiah would end up being despised and rejected was actually something that the prophet Isaiah described centuries in advance.
Bob Hiller: “We’re sort of at a transition point in John’s Gospel where up to this point, Jesus has been on trial constantly, and everyone’s debating who is this guy, and some understand him, and some don’t. There’s a lot of confusion about it and at this point now, Jesus prays, and when the Father speaks, he sort of vindicates the word of Christ. “I’m on his side, so now, if you disagree with Jesus, you disagree with me.” As Jesus will say later on, “If you have the Father, you have me. If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father. If you disagree with me, you disagree with the Father.””
Term to Learn
“Work of the Holy Spirit in Sanctification”
The Holy Spirit has not only a personality of his own, but also a distinctive method of working; and therefore we should distinguish between the work of Christ in meriting salvation and the work of the Holy Spirit in applying it. Christ met the demands of divine justice and merited all the blessings of salvation. But it is through the agency of the Holy Spirit that Christ’s work is put in possession of those for whom he laid down his life.
The Holy Spirit originates, maintains, develops, and guides the new life. He overcomes and destroys the power of sin, renews man in the image of God, enables him to render spiritual obedience to God, to be the salt of the earth, and the light of the world. Though this work stands out as the work of the Holy Spirit, it cannot be separated from the work of Christ (John 16:13,14). The Holy Spirit’s work is rooted in Christ’s work.
(Adapted from Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology, p. 426)