“From now on, because of Jesus’ self-offering in death, he is the one whom no one seeking salvation can bypass. In the one who was pierced (Zechariah 12) God places everyone before the great decision, just as that occurs in the man of sorrows of Isaiah 53 (cf. Jn. 12:38) and in the Son of man who had to be lifted up on the cross as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness (Jn. 3:14).” (Herman Ridderbos, The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary, p. 624).
“The evangelical comfort merged with a sinister threat. Not a bone will be broken . . . that is the comfort. Golgotha is charged with God’s redeeming providence. But they shall see what was done here—that is the threat. There is no escape from this place save by lamenting their own sin.” (K. Schilder, Christ Crucified, p. 551.)
(In preparation for the Wednesday evening Bible study at Trinity Presbyterian Church of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.)