Hastening To Calvary
HASTENING TO CALVARY
By James L. Thornton
John 14:30. Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
31. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence. (KJV)
John, the beloved Disciple, hung onto every word that our Lord said.
The sacred hour in the upper room is ended, and they leave it's peace and seclusion and go out into the night.
A stormy sea awaits them. The bitter cup is brewing, with Judas, and Cai-a-phas, and Annas, and Pilate, and Herod stirring the mixture of envy and hatred.
John 14:30a. "Hereafter I will not talk much with you:"
John 14:31b. "Arise, let us go hence."
The 15th, 16th, and 17th, chapters of John were spoken as they walked.
John 14:30b. "For the prince of this world cometh,..."
Satan came once before, tempting him, and departed for a season (Luke 4:13) our Lord recognized him.
He looked beneath the treachery of Judas, the envy of the Pharisees, and the deceit of the Sadducees, to the underlying cause of their deeds.
The First time Satan had appealed to the human nature and desires of his flesh.
He appealed to his appetites to ease the hunger pangs in his body.
He appealed to his ambitions by offering him the kingdoms of the world.
He appealed to the human nature to show off by casting himself down from the temple
This time Satan would be cruel. Not just temptations, but terrible pains.
Would The Son Of God shrink From Pain, Suffering, Shame, Death?
1 Peter 1:7. "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, ..." (KJV)
But Jesus Would Not Succumb To Terror.
"...: For the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me." (John 14:30b)
"The prince of this world cometh," (John 14:30b) He who rules men and things when they are severed from God.
Jesus stood absolutely invulnerable and He could not be touched by Satan.
John 14:30c "..., And hath nothing in me."
"Satan's dominion stops outside my breast"
"He hath no rule or authority there."
Satan's kingdom, or dominion, was not recognized in Jesus.
Can We Dare Say,
Is there nothing in us which he can lay his black claw on and say, "that's mine?"
Is there nothing inflammable in us which a fiery dart of that wicked one can kindle?
Are our doors barred so tightly that none of his seducing spirits will find it's way into our lives?
Can we say that nothing within us will respond to Satan?
Jesus set himself against the whole embodied power of evil.
"..., And hath nothing in me."(John 14:30c)
He is asserting his absolute freedom from sin. Not even a spot on his heel to which an arrow might find.
Then Jesus Tell Us Why He Went To The Cross.
John 14:31. "But that the world may know that I love the father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. ..." (KJV)
"Because I love the Father..."
"Because He gave me commandments, even so I do."
Jesus chose to be born, and He chose to die. "...Even so I do."(John 14:31c.)
He Loved The Father, He Chose To Do His Will.
John 14:31a. "But that the world may know that love the Father; ..." (KJV)
His Death Was To Have World-wide Significance.
The speaker was a Jewish peasant in an upper room.
The listeners, a handful of men who would forsake Him in a few hours.
Yet My death will echo around the world.
He was either arrogant or His divinity was real.
This I do "that the world may know..." (John 14:31b)
What did it matter to the world?
Why should His death be so important?
That death breaks the dominion of, "The Prince of this world..." (John 14:30b.)
It Sets Men Free Of His Tyranny.
It gives hope, it gives victory, it gives purity.
The hour had grown late. Now the enemy was approaching.
John 12:31. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the Prince of this world be cast out. (KJV)
Jesus was anxious to meet him, hastening, as it was, to Calvary. "Arise, let us go hence." (John 14:31d.)
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