He took the preverbal two by four and hit them on top of the head two times. You think they would have learned. But it just wasn’t so! So what did they do? They closed their eyes. They closed their eyes.
We are in John chapter 8. In verse twelve Jesus said, I am the light of the world. Basically, He told the Pharisees and those listening that He was the Messiah. Two times in that short statement He made it clear to the Pharisees. We talked about it in our last podcast. If you missed it you can check it out. So even though Jesus made it clear that He was the Messiah the Pharisees didn’t want to understand. Elsewhere, Jesus said they closed their eyes to the truth!
So John 8:12-15 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” The Pharisees therefore said to Him, “You bear witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true.” Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going. You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.
So after Jesus claimed to be the Messiah, the Pharisees tried to side step the whole issue and discount the words of Jesus on a technical issue in the Law. Instead of dealing with the idea of Jesus being the Messiah, they tried to catch Jesus with His own words. They didn’t want to deal with the truth. They wanted to hold onto their preconceived ideas of religion. So they told Jesus you bear witness of yourself; your witness is not true. I am sure they thought they had Jesus for in John 5:31 Jesus said, “If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.” So the Pharisees threw the very words of Jesus right back at Him. Plus, they knew all about to Deuteronomy 19:15 One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.
But Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going. Jesus told the Pharisees, they didn’t get it! They didn’t understand. Jesus said His witness was enough because He and the Father agreed. The claims of Jesus were supported because the Father bore witness of His Son. Basically Jesus said the Pharisees were on no ground to judge His claims because they didn’t understand who He was. They were judging according to the flesh! Here were the Jews, a very religious people, who were supposed to know God and Jesus said because they didn’t know Him, they didn’t know God. They didn’t see Jesus as the Light of the world, as the Messiah, so they didn’t know God. They didn’t know where Jesus came from or where He was going, thus no relationship with the Father. The only way to the Father is through Jesus Christ.
In Mathew chapter 13 Jesus taught the parable of the sower, and when it was over the disciples asked Him, why did He talk like that? Jesus said, And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.’
The Jews closed their eyes to the truth because they didn’t want anything to do with the Jesus. They were too caught up; they were too involved with their own religion, with their own ideas and their own existence to deal with the Jesus. When Jesus hits you over the head with the proverbial two by four He wants your attention, so don’t get mad, don’t get upset, don’t throw a pity party, don’t talk yourself out of it, don’t explain it away, and don’t blame God. Certainly don’t ignore it! Don’t close your eyes! Don’t close your eyes!