John 12 vs 32-33. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself. He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.
What was the plan this uncommon King had, to save the world? His genealogy traced back to King David in fulfilment of prophecy. Then there was his unusual and miraculous conception and the words of salvation used about him at the time of his birth, all pointing to some event, some plan to be accomplished so that salvation may be offered to all. What was this plan?
This is easily answered. His plan was to die. After a meeting with certain Greek enquirers, recorded in John 12, Jesus realised the time had come for the culmination of his plan, hence his words quoted above.
Christ was referring to being “lifted up” on the Cross, similar to his statement in John 3:15 where he spoke about being “lifted up” as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness. The words “lifted up” means to be crucified.
Jesus said in effect that his death on the Cross would have a powerful drawing effect on all mankind. Why would that be so? Remember, he died as our substitute, our sacrifice for our sins so that forgiveness and hope could be offered to all. God has wired us to hear this message. As He opens our minds to understand the full importance of what Christ did, we are drawn to Him. And so it is that all over the world today multitudes are drawn to this unusual and uncommon Saviour.
He did not come with any great philosophical or educational references. He came with nothing but the greatness of who He was and permitted men to crucify him. For us He died, and made atonement for us. His death was His plan. All over the world people believe on Him and receive Him as their Saviour.
He conquers – not with armies, but by His death and resurrection. What an uncommon King!
Has He conquered you? Have you seen the importance of that momentous event on the hill of Calvary where they crucified Jesus? Is He your saviour? If He is thank Him again for what He has done for you. If you are not sure, why not make sure now?