Lift Him UpBro. David Chancellor
5/16/2010 11:00 AM
Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die.
Jesus wanted God to be glorified in what he was sent to do. When God spoke from heaven through Christ it was for us. Jesus was victorious over the devil. "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." Jesus is the draw. People need to see him to be attracted to the gospel. God speaks to the souls of men everywhere. We aren’t to draw people to an organization. We are to show forth Jesus so that others will be drawn to him.
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak what we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up. That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Nicodemus had trouble grasping what Jesus told him. There’s a lot about heaven that is beyond our comprehension. We do well to see and understand God’s working here.
Jesus was lifted up so that we could have hope and escape the death and destruction of sin.
And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
Their sin was that they spoke against God. God didn’t remove the problem; he provided the cure. As they looked at the serpent on the pole, they came face to face with the consequence of their sin. As we look at the cross, we see the consequence of our sin. Jesus’ being there is the result of our sin. There’s no hope for our soul unless we put our faith in God as we face the consequence of our sin. So often the innocent suffer for the sins of others. Consider what children suffer. They suffer the consequence of sin.
Jesus was crucified because wicked men were envious and wanted to retain power. He was innocent.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The consequence of sin is death. Sin produces death because men are wicked. Sin has consequence. Jesus died as the consequence of our sin. By his suffering and death, we don’t have to endure it. We do have to face it and consider the consequences. Realize the seriousness of sin.
And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, eh calleth Elias. And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down. And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the vail of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
Jesus was totally forsaken as he hung there. Sin will leave you totally forsaken. He was totally rejected. A consequence of sin and lack of faith in Christ will leave you forsaken of God and all alone. Sin has consequences. As you see Jesus on the cross, you see the consequence of your sin. We also see help and hope. He was our sacrifice. He met God’s conditions. We can acknowledge our sin and its consequence and find forgiveness. Sinful man can be delivered from sin and its consequences. The cross is the only way out for the man who has been bitten by the serpent of sin.
1 Corinthians 15:53-57
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Corrupt man needs to be purified. We need our hearts purified and a new body for eternity to be with God. "…then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory." If we would be with God in eternity, we must look on Jesus and lift him up. Have faith in Christ as your sacrifice and Savior, source of life and means of acceptance with God. Turn your eyes on Jesus. Let him deliver you from sin and its consequence.