(6) The question of Judas , and the conditions of our Lord ' s self-manifestation , followed by appeals , promises , and the gift of PEACE .
I will no longer talk much with you . This seems strange when there follow Jn 15-17.; but it gives a hint of the abundance of instruction, of λαλία , of λόγοι , which John at least had heard, of which he has only given the specimens of a few short days of intercourse. For the prince of the world £ (see John 12:31 ); the lord and master, by base usurpation, of the world of men. This term is continually found in rabbinical writings for the great central power of evil in the world. The activity of evil was then at work. Satan entered into Judas; the spirit of evil was rampant in all the machination of the leaders of the people. The eagles of this impure host were gathering. The last conflict impended. The prince of the world, who shall be cast out, judged and conquered, cometh, and hath nothing in me . The conflict between the second Adam and the devil culminates. Christ looks through the whole army of his opponents, and feels that he has to wrestle with the ruler of the darkness of the world, but at the same time is sublimely conscious that there is nothing in him on which the evil can fasten. Christ certainly claims a sinlessness of inner nature which no other saint has arrogated to himself. Accusations of the world were numerous enough, but those who brought them were ignorant. Now he has to do with one who knows him, but not so well as he knows himself. The double negation, οὐκ ἔχει οὐδέν , must be noticed—"absolutely nothing." Thus he virtually repeats his own utterance, "I am not of this world." This great word presupposes again the uniqueness of Christ's Personality and consciousness. With every other man the higher the conception of the Divine Law and claim, so. much the deeper becomes the sense of departure from it. In Christ's case his lofty knowledge of the Father only makes him know, and even compels him to confess, his reconciliation, his obedience, and his inward sinlessness.
The crisis at hand.
Jesus is about to end his discourse in the chamber.
I. HIS PREDICTION OF EVENTS IS DESIGNED TO STRENGTHEN THE DISCIPLES ' FAITH . "And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe."
1. The events foretold are his departure and all involved in it , as well as the mission of the Comforter .
2. What a wise provision he made to support the faith and patience of his followers! For his separation from them would be the greatest of trials.
II. THE IMMINENCE OF THE CRISIS . "The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me."
1. Satan was approaching in the persons of Judas and the chief priests , whose counsels he inspired. They were all instruments of the great enemy. There was likewise in our Lord's mind a presentiment of his approaching agony in Gethsemane.
2. Yet Satan had nothing in Jesus that fell under his power . It is sin that gives Satan the power over man. Our Lord's words imply
III. THE PURPOSE OF HIS DEATH . "But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do."
1. His obedience to death was an evidence of his love to the Father .
2. It was likewise an act of obedience to the Divine commandment . "Lo, I come to do thy will, O God."
Before giving the signal for removing, Jesus in spirit glances forward. What does he see in the immediate future?
I. THE FUTURE SHALL VERIFY HIS WORDS , AND SO STRENGTHEN HIS DISCIPLES ' FAITH . He had explicitly foretold his death, his resurrection and ascension, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. They did not disbelieve him, but they were slow to grasp the purport of his words. Fulfillment should render his predictions plain, and should confirm the feeble faith of those who through strong faith were to do their work as his witnesses to the world.
II. THE FUTURE SHALL BRING ON THE CONFLICT BETWEEN JESUS AND THE POWER OF EVIL —A CONFLICT WHICH MUST ISSUE IN VICTORY FOR CHRIST AND HIS PEOPLE . The prince of this world had before now assailed the Prince of Light, but had departed for a season. But the hour of the power of darkness was at hand. An absorbing conflict was about to take place, in which the adversary of God and men should find nothing in him on which to lay hold, and in which Christ should certainly overcome.
III. THE FUTURE SHALL UNFOLD TO THE WORLD CHRIST 'S RELATION TO THE FATHER . It should be seen that what Jesus did and suffered was one long act of affectionate obedience to God. This deep significance of the facts which occurred at the close of the Redeemer's ministry was hidden from the world; but the eyes of men should be opened to discern it. And for the benefit of all time it should be seen that love and obedience are mightier than sin, than Satan, than death.—T.