John 12:44-50 Jesus cried and said, He that believe on me, believe not on me, but on him that sent me. And he that sees me sees him that sent me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believe on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
With His last discourse to the people, Jesus spoke in a loud voice saying that he that believes on Him, believe not on Him, but on the Father (John 7:27; 11:43). Faith in Christ does not end here but passes on to recognize the Father (John 5:23; 7:14-19; 10:30; 13:20).
Three things all must do: HEAR in order to believe Christ’s words (Rom. 10:14, 17); then he must BELIEVE in order to keep them and he must KEEP them in order to be saved (Mat. 10:22; Rom. 6:22; Heb. 3:6, 12-14; 6:11; 1Pet. 1:9, 13; Rev. 2:26). Hear = read the words of the Bible so your mind can register and store the words; Belief = to know that God’s word will come to pass: to trust in and rely on every promise, command and judgment; Keep = to live in 100% obedience to every commandment we are giving with regards to Christ’s example set for us (1Pet. 2:21-23).
‘I judge him not’ Christ’s first coming was not to judge, but to conquer death; His second coming will be a judgment through His Word in the last day – the 26th New Testament prophecy in John, unfulfilled.
Jesus never spoke of His own secular interest and personal gain as the teachers in His days did, and in our times and days as well.
The Father’s commandment of life everlasting was given to Jesus to speak: that is the main theme of the gospel of Christ, signed and sealed in His blood and by His life that He gave to us. It must be the main focus of every believer’s living testimony!
This is John’s last mention of Christ’s public ministry – where He answered the people on mostly accusations against Him.