(27-36) The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up
The soul of Christ was troubled because He knew that the time for Him to die on the cross was near. He knew that His death would involve great pain and agony. For the first time in His life, He would be separated from God due to the sins He would have to carry. Yet, He did not ask to be delivered from death on the cross because it was for that purpose that He had come to earth.
God’s name was glorified through the life of Christ. His name was glorified again through the death of Christ. Christ was lifted up from the earth through the cross so that many people could be drawn to Him and to God. While we have the light, we should believe in the light and urge others to do the same. In Genesis 6:3, God says, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever.” One day, we will no longer have the opportunity to believe in the light.
(36-43) The Unbelief of the People
Even after seeing the signs that Jesus performed and being witnesses to His miracles, there were some who refused to believe. Today, there are still many people who refuse to believe. And there are also many who do believe, but are ashamed to say so because they prefer the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.
(44-50) Jesus Came to Save the World
Whoever believes in Christ, believes in God. Whoever sees Christ, sees God. Christ and God are one and the same. Christ does not judge those who refuse to believe. He only considers it His duty to save the world. Judgment from God, however, is certain for those who reject the works and words of Christ.
Favorite verse: (32) And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”