Men Are Drawn To The Uplifted Saviour
I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. John 12:32.
before was there such a general knowledge of Jesus as when He hung upon the
cross. He was lifted up from the earth, to draw all to Him.
Into the hearts of many who beheld that crucifixion scene, and who heard Christ’s
words, was the light of truth to shine. With John they would proclaim, “Behold
the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” There were
those who never rested until, searching the Scriptures and comparing passage
with passage, they saw the meaning of Christ’s mission. They saw that
free forgiveness was provided by Him whose tender mercy embraced the whole
world. They read the prophecies regarding Christ, and the promises so free
and full, pointing to a fountain opened for Judah and Jerusalem.
The sacrifice of Christ as an atonement for sin is the great truth around
which all other truths cluster. In order to be rightly understood and appreciated,
every truth in the Word of God, from Genesis to Revelation, must be studied
in the light which streams from the cross of Calvary, and in connection with
the wondrous, central truth of the Saviour’s atonement. Those who study
the Redeemer’s wonderful sacrifice grow in grace and knowledge.
I present before you the great, grand monument of mercy and regeneration,
salvation and redemption,—the Son of God uplifted on the cross of Calvary.
This is to be the theme of every discourse.
Jesus is inviting and drawing by His Holy Spirit the hearts of young and old
to Himself. . . . When Christ crucified is preached, the power of the gospel
is demonstrated by the influence it exerts over the believer. In place of
remaining dead in trespasses and sins, he is awakened.
Lift up the Man of Calvary higher and still higher; there is power in the
exaltation of the cross of Christ.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 32, 33.