What happens when we lift Jesus higher?

Journal Entry: June 25, 2006

Jesus said, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me.” Who is Jesus and how do we lift Him up” John 1:1-4 & 14 tells us; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the Word (of God) became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

John gives us the description of Jesus as being the ‘Word of God’, who was in the beginning with God, and was God, and created all things by the power of His might. In verse 14, John writes; “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory.” In other words God made a human frame for ‘His Word’ and covered it with flesh and called His name Jesus. Does this sound complicated? It might be hard for us to understand, but to God it was a way in which He could show His kindness, love, and concern for His highest creation; man. Men could now hold, touch, love upon, and see the goodness of God through the works of Jesus, and they could personally hear God speak to them through the mouth of Jesus. He was God incarnate on the earth and mankind bore witness to the mighty works of God through the working of miracles and the changing of lives when Jesus, who was, is, and will always be, the Word of God touched them. Devils cried out in panic; asking,  “Are you here to torment us before the time?” (Matthew 8:31) but man, then and now, would follow Him to their death.

God the Father exalted Jesus, the Word of God, on the cross at Calvary to be crucified like a common criminal for the sins of man and the pure blood of the Son of God that was shed that day is completely able to wash us of our sins and change us in the twinkling of an eye from a man full of sin to a man who doesn’t want to sin. When we lift up Jesus by the life we live, the Father is glorified and the blind come seeking and are changed. When we lift up Jesus through the words of our mouth, we are glorifying God and the deaf hear and are changed. The whole world is hurting and don’t know where to go for help, but John tells us Jesus instructed man how to meet those needs, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me.” DThrash

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5 Comments

  1. wellwateredgarden

    Sounds to me that you have a good handle on all this. Keep it up! God blesses you.

  2. Everything we experience in life whether it is good or bad is an opportunity for us to do the right thing for the right reason. And since we receive our instructions for righteous living from God’s instruction manual as taught by the Holy Spirit and put into practice through each of our life experiences. He instructs us in right living, or, how to live righteously in the eyes of our heavenly Father. DThrash

  3. wellwateredgarden

    DThrash … I couldn’t agree more. Well said!

    One more thing … I notice in your by-line: The world is a classroom … right living. Would the word ‘believing’ be perhaps more appropriate?

  4. wellwateredgarden; I agree with what you have written. In this particular scripture Jesus is telling His disciples that His Father will be the one who will be exalting Him on the cross. However, Jesus isn’t any longer on the earth in physical form, but He is still the Logos Word of God that is in written form and is present with us and when the ingested logos Word of God is spoken out of the mouth of the Christian it causes the deaf to hear His voice calling to them through the words we mere mortals speak, and when we live in love and touch the lives of the hurting people around us, His touch is felt through our actions and in both cases, He, even though He is no longer on the earth, is still being exalted or lifted up by man before the unbelievers to give them hope, just as His death on the cross gave hope to His disciples once they understood the purpose for it. DThrash

  5. wellwateredgarden

    “And I, if I should be exalted out of the earth, shall be drawing all to Myself.” -John 12:32(Concordant Literal New Testament)

    A careful look at this passage shows us that Jesus is not dependent on men ‘lifting’ Him up but He is counting on the (His and ours) Father doing this upon the completion of His death and resurrection.

    Jesus told His audiences a number of times that He did nothing without the Father’s express instructions. Because Christ came and did exactly as He was instructed, God lifted Him and so He is now authorized to call all men unto Himself.

    The way I see it, anyway …

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