‘Now is the judg­ment of this world….’

Westside Eagle-Observer - - OPINION -

“Now is the judg­ment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, sig­ni­fy­ing what death he should die.” John 12:31-33 (Read v. 27-43)

How is Je­sus’ death on the cross the judg­ment of this world? And how is it con­nected to the prince of this world be­ing cast out? We find the answer in God’s Word, the Bible.

To un­der­stand, we must con­sider what hap­pened in Ge­n­e­sis 3. The ser­pent de­ceived Eve, and Adam and Eve dis­obeyed God’s com­mand­ment and brought sin and the curse and con­dem­na­tion of sin into this world. Satan used God’s good law to bring about God’s curse upon man and all cre­ation. As a re­sult of Adam’s sin, all are con­ceived and born in sin and guilty be­fore God and un­der the con­dem­na­tion of His holy com­mand­ment (Gen. 1:16-17; Psalm 51:5; Rom. 5:12).

Je­sus, by His in­no­cent suf­fer­ings and death on the cross, suf­fered the curse of God’s law for us (cf. Gal. 3:10,13). He un­did the damn­ing work of the devil by mak­ing atone­ment for the sins of all that through faith in his name we might have par­don, for­give­ness and life ev­er­last­ing in­stead of death and eter­nal con­dem­na­tion (cf. Heb. 2:14-17).

The devil, also called the ac­cuser of the brethren, was cast out of heaven — he can no longer ac­cuse us be­fore God be­cause our sins were judged and atone­ment made on Je­sus’ cross (cf. Rev. 12:7-11).

This world, too, is judged by Je­sus’ death on the cross. Since Christ died for sin and atone­ment has been made, all those who refuse to re­pent and be­lieve in the promised Seed of the woman (Gen. 3:15), Je­sus the Mes­siah and Sav­ior, stand con­demned for their un­be­lief (cf. 1 Pet. 3:18-20).

And the same holds true for peo­ple to­day. Those who hear the Word of God and re­pent, plac­ing their faith and hope in Je­sus and His cross, are saved. They have par­don and for­give­ness for all their sins, and they have eter­nal life in God’s king­dom.

But those who ne­glect and refuse to heed God’s Word stand con­demned for not be­liev­ing in the name of Christ Je­sus, God’s only-be­got­ten Son come into this world to re­deem us from sin and death. It is as Je­sus said, “He that be­lieveth on him is not con­demned: but he that be­lieveth not is con­demned al­ready, be­cause he hath not be­lieved in the name of the only be­got­ten Son of God” ( John 3:18; cf. v. 36; John 12:47ff.).

O dear­est Je­sus, grant that I hear Your word, ac­knowl­edge my sin and guilt and look to You and Your cross for for­give­ness and life ev­er­last­ing. Amen. [De­vo­tion by Randy Moll. Scrip­ture quo­ta­tions are from the King James Ver­sion of the Bible]

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