If I be lifted up

Jesus said in John 12:32, If I be lifted up I will draw all men unto me.  We know that physically Jesus was talking about the fact that He would be lifted up on a cross.  The result of that would be that all men and women everywhere could now come to God.  Because He shed His blood on the cross, this paid the penalty for my sins.  When I receive Him as my Savior, my sins are forgiven, and I become a child of God.

We now have the responsibility to lift up Jesus.  It’s not my job to save people, but it is my job to point people to Jesus.  We need to make sure we don’t lift up our selves, our church, our denomination, our works, or our rules.  We need to present Jesus and the work that He did on the cross in a clear, logical, intelligent, passionate way. Then Jesus will draw them, we don’t have to draw them.

Pastor Jon

Palm Sunday

In Luke chapter 19 you see a short conversation between the pharisees and Jesus.  The crowd is shouting Hosanna, Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord, Son of David and other terms that were to be used for Messiah.  This really bothered the religious leaders. They didn’t like Jesus, and they surely didn’t want anyone referring to Him as the Messiah. So the following exchange took place:

19:39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from
the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” 40 But He answered
and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the
stones would immediately cry out.”

Wouldn’t it have been cool for Jesus to quiet everyone down and all of a sudden the earth begins to shake and the rocks start crying out?!  They sad part about the men who hated Jesus is it wouldn’t have made a difference to them.

They had already seen the miracles of God and their hearts stayed hard.  Don’t let the little miracles in life go by without acknowledging God!