Friday, April 09, 2010

Who's Judging?

The world thought that it was passing judgement on Jesus, not only as it perpetually debated who he was, but climactically in the cross. In reality, the cross was passing judgement on them. Since Jesus was sent as his Father's representative, his agent and the supreme divine revelation, rejection of the Son is rejection of God himself. In the callous murder of the Son of God, sin displays itself in it's most virulently evil form. But in that death, God was also giving his Son as a sacrifice, the Lamb of God; in that death, Jesus was securing the life of 'many seeds'. Thus Jesus' passion/glorification signifies judgement both positively and negatively.

- Don Carson, The Gospel According to John, p. 443, commenting on John 12:31-33.

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