The One You Pierced!

“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.)

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