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Daily Reading: 22nd March 2015

John 12.30 cont.

30 Jesus replied and said: “This voice came not to help Me (because of Me), but to help you (because of you).

31 Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be thrown outside.

The time of judgement had arrived.

The voice from Heaven, verifying the authenticity of Jesus was also a sign that the world and its ruler were about to face judgement. No longer could it be avoided.

In saying this Jesus was looking towards the cross, which for Him was to include the battle that He would face. It was a battle in which He was going to defeat all the powers of darkness.

The judgement of the world was imminent, but the throwing out of the ruler of this world is something that appears to begin with Jesus dying on the cross and is finalized with Satan being thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur: And the one deceiving them, the Devil was thrown down into the lake of fire and sulphur, where also were the wild beast and the false prophet; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever – Revelation 20.10.

This is an event that is still to be accomplished. It will be the time when Jesus’ victory over Satan on the cross will reach its climax.

We know that the judgement of this world is complete, because of what we read in John 3.17: Those who believe in Him are not judged, those who do not believe have already been judged, because they have not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.     

Therefore, the judgement of God is something that we can avoid by receiving Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. Refusal to do so means that we deliberately decide to face the judgement and wrath of God.

Therefore, it is also true to say that now is the time of judgement. Yet it is also true to say that today is the day of salvation.

We must all make our own decision. Either we choose Jesus and so choose His salvation and life, or we choose to not believe in Him and so condemn ourselves to God’s judgement.

Today choose Jesus.

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