There is a lot about believing in this chapter. The crowd heard the voice of God speak but heard it as thunder or thought an angel had spoken to Jesus. They did not understand the words but had an inkling of the source. Jesus’ message was an invitation to become sons of light. (verse 36.) Jesus told those who were believing in Him that they were believing in the One who sent Him, The Father, with the plain message of eternal life. Many believed, and many of those were rulers but they were secret believers because of the corruption of power that sought to put men out of the synagogue, out of the community within the culture. They chose mans approval over God’s approval.
That is harsh and true. What has God called me to do or confess that would cost me the approval of my family, friends, the culture itself, perhaps safety, or security?
The quote from Isaiah shows that there is an automatic healing that comes with the conversion, the belief in Jesus, which stems from seeing and perceiving; the hearing and accepting; the trust and obey.
To follow Jesus is to do as He did. To follow is to go with Jesus and be (which is an active verb) a part of His family.
As Jesus is about to die for mankind, He is met with both belief and unbelief. Neither of which will stop His sacrifice. The lack of understanding about his upcoming actions does not stop Him from obeying.
What in my life am I certain of that I must do for Jesus? What do others not understand? Will I trust Him and obey? The world does not need to understand our acts of obedience to Jesus, which is to the Father. Do I?