Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.…
I. THE IMPORTANT EVENT THE TEXT ANTICIPATES.
1. Primarily the Crucifixion (John 3:14-15).
2. Christ's exaltation to the mediatorial throne.
3. The preaching of the gospel, which displays both the Cross and the throne. This comprehends —
(1) The recital of the manner of the Redeemer's death.
(2) The declaration of the great design of His death.
(3) The proclamation of His power to save, with the terms on which He saves.
II. THE GRAND PURPOSE THE TEXT REVEALS.
1. The point to which He attracts. "Me." The centre of humanity, toward which all should gravitate.
2. The manner in which He attracts. By Himself, the Father, and the Holy Spirit. But the uplifting is adapted to the end.
(1) What is more calculated to arrest attention than the spectacle of such a Sufferer dying for the sake of a sinful world.
(2) The view of the Divine character presented is eminently attractive.
(3) The felt wants of our nature are here supplied.
3. The scale on which He attracts. "All men." Some resist. Objects are interposed between the magnet and the substance. But Christ attracts men from every race.
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