Judgment of this World (John #40)

Text: John 12:31-36

To watch the news, or regularly consume current events in this world is to stay vexed by what you see and hear.  It’s a diet that produces depression, fear, anger, and cynicism.  This world produces some of the most disillusioning, discouraging, and disheartening realities known to man.

One of the biggest complaints people have against God is that there is so much evil in the world.  Talked to someone this week who had a veteran family member finding it impossible to reconcile what he’d seen in war.  How could there be a loving God in the face of such horror?  Children dying in the streets of starvation.  Families living in filth because of war and natural disasters.

I share your disgust with this world.  What you may not know is the Lord Jesus Christ shares your disgust with this world.  In Galatians the world is characterized as evil; Galatians 1:3-4 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:  In 1 John the Lord says, 1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Destruction of the god of this world

  • Headlines of the world’s perilous times:
  • Who is responsible for all the war, death, and destruction in this world?
    • John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
    • Slithering serpent manages to escape guilt
    • God gets the blame though God is not responsible
    • 2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not…
    • John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…
  • Why didn’t all wars and evil end at the cross then?
    • The devil, the prince of this world shall be cast out.  He hasn’t yet.
      • John 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
      • Revelation 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
    • The devil is not someone who is in hell with a pitchfork and pointed tail sitting on a throne.  He is in the world.  He is the most influential spirit in this world.
      • Matthew 4 the devil tempts the Lord Jesus Christ offering him the kingdoms of the world because they were his to offer.
      • The devil and his minions have no desire to be in hell.
      • The devils ask Jesus one time if he came to torment them.
      • Hell was created for the devil and his angels, not for a habitation, but for judgement.
      • It is now also a place where unbelievers go who have never been saved by the Lord Jesus Christ.
    • The devil is the most influential spirit in this world
      • Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
      • People make a big deal about devil possession.  Movies have it as their theme.  I’ve heard folks ask me if I do exorcisms as if the influence of an evil spirit is unique and can be be processed out in a single act.   The question is not who is possessed.  The better question is who is NOT!
      • Sitting at Whataburger the other night and kids come in with filthy mouths, gossipping, blaspheming, crude gestures, etc.  Everything about what was going on had nothing to do with being led of the Holy Spirit.  It was just the flesh doing and saying what the flesh does and says and putting forth and unclean spirit.
  • Hebrews 2:14-15 – Jesus Christ becomes flesh and blood in order to destroy the power of death that belonged to the devil

Destruction of the lust of the world

  • The death of the Lord Jesus Christ (vss 32-33) put the passions of this world onto the cross
    • 1 John 2:15-17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
  • When it comes to the ability of the devil to accuse you before God by using the law, he is a defeated enemy.
    • Jesus Christ satisfied the law that was against us.  Removing the devil’s ability to accuse.
      • Colossians 2:13-15
      • Jesus Christ fulfills the law for us so God no longer looks at us but at Jesus Christ – Matthew 5:17
    • Galatians 3:13-14 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
    • 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Destruction of the world’s darkness

  • Judgement that light is come into the world John 3:18-21
  • The way you destroy darkness is you turn on the light.
    • fear associated with darkness
    • Acts 26:17-18
  • All these enemies work together; the world, the flesh, and the devil.  The don’t work independently.  They work in conjunction with each other.

Application is this:

  • Sin, evil, death, wickedness, the devil, all have an expiration date.
  • Revelation 21:3-5 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.