“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32
Jesus just told the people that He came for the purpose to die. Jesus is starting to talk about what that will mean. Now He tells them how He will die. It will be done by a hanging on a cross. With this information, Jesus tells them that as He is lifted up, He will draw all men to Himself.
Over the history of the Roman Empire thousands of people had been hung on a cross. When Jesus died on the cross it was not something new, it was a common practice. Yet, when Jesus was hung on the cross there was something different.
This difference is that Jesus did not stay there, and now He draws men and women to Himself. His purpose to die on that cross was to save every person from their sins. He wanted to die in order to do that. If He had not died, Jesus would never have been able to draw any person to Himself. He would not have been able to offer any salvation.
Along with being lifted up on the cross, Jesus needs to be lifted up in your life. This means you need to talk about Him. You need to honor Him. You need to exemplify Him. Jesus needs to be the center of your life. When people look at you, they need to see Jesus.
This is the second type of lifting up of Jesus. When you lift Jesus up in your life, He is seen by the world and others will be drawn to Him. Even today, nearly 2,000 years later, Jesus is still drawing men and women to Himself.
Look at every Easter and Christmas season. The world is talking about Jesus. Many are against Him, but they are still fascinated by Him. Others are accepting Jesus. Lives are still being changed.
It does not have to be just during Easter and Christmas that you talk about Jesus. It needs to be daily that you lift Him up before the world. Do not just mention God daily. Talk about Jesus directly to and around others. Give Jesus a chance to draw others to Himself. He will.
I pray today that you will lift Jesus up in your life; that God will give you the words and strength to lift Jesus up; that Jesus will draw others to Himself through you; and that you will know what Jesus has done for you in dying on the cross for you.