Jesus Lifted High
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True Meaning of His Words
When we hear the Scripture in which Jesus says, "If I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all peoples to myself," we generally think that means if we lift Jesus up, he will draw people to himself.
Today we explore what this passage is really saying, which is something quite different from what we may have previously thought, and consider how this applies to our lives.
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Lifting Jesus High
The usual response to "lifting Jesus high" is to suppose this means that if we exalt Jesus, others will be drawn to him. But that's not what this verse is saying. Jesus said, "If I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all peoples to myself." The very next verse says, "He said this signifying by what death he would die."
So Jesus was saying, "If I am crucified, I will draw all peoples to myself." We cannot crucify Jesus again. It has already been done. And as promised, he will draw all peoples to himself. This is not a condition, "If you lift me up, then people will be drawn to me," but a statement of completion, "If I am crucified, I will draw people to me."
It is because Jesus is drawing the world to himself that we are commanded to proclaim the Gospel everywhere to everyone. This proclamation draws the hearer's attention to the pulling of the Holy Spirit, and they are then able to accept the preaching of the Good News and receive Salvation.
But aside from that, we do play a part in showing the cross to the world. The Bible says that we are crucified with Christ, and Jesus said that if we are to follow him, we must take up our cross daily. This daily death to the carnal nature is not some ultimate sacrifice, but is simply the only acceptable response. And by obeying him in this way, we display Jesus lifted high to the world, bringing their attention to the result of that sacrificial exaltation, which is a drawing to the cross so they can be forgiven and made new.
This is why we go into the virtual, 3-D community with the message of Christ crucified, and the Good News that our old lives that are taking us to hell can be put to death with him, so that we can rise with him into newness of life. And if you agree that they should be reached with this message of Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ alone, then prayerfully consider joining with us as a ministry partner.
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