One of the things that I most dearly believe is this – it all comes down to Jesus. Everything. Everything n the church, everything in our lives, everything in our ministries. It all comes down to Him. He is the center of it all, the cornerstone of it all, the foundation of it all.
It’s all about Jesus.
I had a professor in seminary that used to say that eventually every problem in our lives can be traced back to our walk with Jesus. I think that there is some real truth in that. Everything comes back to our relationship with Him.
Listen to what Our Lord tells us today in John 3: 13-16
No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
Of course, we are always drawn to John 3:16, which is one of the key verses for Christian hope and eternity. But, look before that. In that Jesus references something that happens in the book of Numbers in the Old Testament, when to save the lives of the people being bitten by snakes, God instructs Moses to make a snake and attach it to a pole. In doing this, all that looked at the snake would live.
And He says that when He is lifted up, just as the snake was, all that look to Him will be saved.
He says later in John 12, when He is lifted up, He will draw all men unto Him.
When we life Him up, with our words, with our lives, with our actions, with all that we are, people are drawn to Him. People are drawn to the hope and salvation in Jesus. He’s at the center, He is the heart, He is it all.
When He is lifted up, all people are drawn to Him.
So, today, a question. What do we lift up in our lives? Are we lifting up Jesus? Do our lives point to Him?
It’s all about Him. He is hope, life, and salvation. And all are drawn to Him.
Today, as we live our lives, are we lifting Him up?
That’s our mission today.