“The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up”

June 3, 2018

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John 12:31-33 records Jesus saying: “Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to Myself.” He said this to show by what kind of death He was going to die.” (ESV) What would compel God the Father to allow God the Son to be lifted up on a cross? Love and justice. Someone said it well: “The cross is where God’s love and justice meet.” What does that mean? We are not forgiven for sins that have gone unpunished–Christ bore our punishment! But know this: God’s love is never separated from His justice. God’s love is never separated from His truth. God’s love is never separated from His holiness. And God never turns a blind eye to sin. Sin incurs God’s wrath because He is righteous, holy, and just. Any sort of love that turns a blind eye to sin is not the love of God. So God has taken our sin and imputed it to His Son–Jesus–who took it to the cross where God’s wrath was unleashed upon Him. In turn, God has taken the holiness and right-standing of His Son, and credited that to us. When we talk about God’s love, that’s what we’re talking about. That is why our Lord was lifted up and why we pray all people, you included, will drawn unto Him…

Bible References

  • John 12:27 - 46
  • Romans 5:6 - 11
  • Romans 3:23 - 26
  • John 3:13 - 15