Jesus said, “When I am Lifted Up”

When I am lifted up

The Son of God came down to earth, so He could be lifted up from earth.

And I [Jesus], when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32

Jesus spoke those words in Jerusalem to a crowd of people who were there to celebrate Passover.  Among the crowd were some Greeks and Jesus’ disciples. Jesus was concisely explaining way He must die. John 12:23 states Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

Jesus, with His time at last coming to an end here on earth must have felt: eager, anxious, happy, overflowing with love… Words can not fully express the emotions Jesus must have been going through; to finally fulfill The Plan that was created forever ago by The Father.

Though later in the Garden of Gethsemane we find: And being in anguish, he [Jesus] prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. Luke 22:44.  From that verse in Luke, we also understand that as His time drew closer to the crucifixion, the human Jesus was in extreme agony knowing exactly what was to come in the next hours.

However, Jesus did not falter from the plan to glorify the Father. And as Jesus continued speaking to the crowd, He used the words lifted up. The Greek word for this usage is hupsoo (hoop-so’-o). Hupsoo means exalted. Jesus probably used this Greek word because of the Greeks that were among the crowd. He wanted all to understand that when He is lifted up – superior, eminent, placed on a powerful level –  both the process of His death and the achievement of His death glorify God.

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11

As He spoke to the people Jesus was talking about Himself being lifted up. But we can also lift Him up and bring glory to God the Father. Christians offer God glory by the action of believing. And we Lift Him Up when we:

  • Believe God has a plan.
  • Believe in the Son of Man.
  • Believe Jesus shows us the way.
  • Believe Jesus suffered on The Cross.
  • Believe Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior.

Jesus is telling us what will happen after He is lifted up from His life here on earth – He will draw people to Himself in heaven. But which people will He draw? Believers! He will welcome believers to Himself. The action of believing is our invitation to eternal life with Jesus in heaven. And believing creates glory to His name. The name above all names.

Think of this action as filling a balloon with helium. The more we add helium to a balloon (believe in Jesus), the more the balloon expands (glory to His name), and the higher the balloon will fly (lift Him up, exalt Him).

The Son of God came down to earth, so He could be lifted up from earth.

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