Thursday, September 26, 2019
John 12.32 "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me."
Could we look at our verse in a little wider context than we usually do?
"Men" is not specified in the verse.
One translator says "all creation" - all creation will be drawn.
He is the One to Whom "every knee shall bow." (Is. 45.23)
What does this mean for us?
Ah, here is the secret of life.
If we can lift Him up over all else,
when we can lift Him up from the earth itself,
we will find Him more near than all the troubles and responsibilities of life,
we will find Him more present than all that crashes upon us from the world around.
The enemy would try to gain entrance into our lives.
He would attack us from without, with his forces of destruction.
He would attack us in our thoughts, our feelings, our confidence in God.
But the enemy's invading will always be overcome as we,
like David, are able to declare, "I have set the Lord always before me,"
I am reminded of the words of Job, " how little a portion is heard of Him." (Job 26.14).
How can we conceive of the Infinite?
How can our eyes see, or our mind comprehend, that which has no limit?
We cannot ... but, 'beholding we are changed.' (2 Cor. 3.18) - changed to be able to see and to believe.
This is our freedom.
This is the limitless Life God gives to His own.