Our verse for today comes from John 12:32, ” And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to Myself. “
When I was growing up, there was a weekend television show on ABC called Wide World of Sports. As opposed to the regular weekend broadcast of a football or basketball game, Wide World of Sports would telecast sporting events that were in many cases far less familiar to the American public. And one of those events was cliff diving. From 125 feet above the sea on the cliffs of La Quebrada in Acapulco, Mexico, divers would perform and compete as they dove into the water below, whose depth could be less than ten feet depending on the waves. Crowds in person, and millions through their television sets watched these brave divers ascend the cliff and, at just the right moment, leap into the air as if taking off in flight, but headed for the inlet of water amidst the rocks below. It was a thrilling, captivating few moments as men standing on what appeared to be the pinnacle of the earth would risk their lives as they plunged into the sea. No small wonder that so many would watch the program with such awe and fascination.
The man Jesus didn’t make a name for Himself 125 feet above the sea. His most important elevation here on earth was a few feet above Calvary’s hilltop, suspended from a tree shaped into a cross. But He does draw people to Himself yet today, captivating them beyond anything the most daring of cliff divers could hope for. But as His statement of double meaning would express, He must be lifted up for those who do not know Him to see. We, His followers must lift up Jesus to allow Jesus to draw new followers to Himself. And you lift Him up in your prayers. You lift Him up in your priorities. You lift Him up in the thickness of your skin and the length of your fuse. You lift Him up with those two little lips. And Jesus said if He is lifted up, then He would draw the people. He said it, the One you love and follow. So hold Him to it. Lift Jesus up through all you do and say, from the trivial to the important. Put Him above everything, and let Him go to work.
As we seek Him today, lift Jesus up in every area of your life. Let Him do what only He can do.
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