by Jerry Watts

Lift Him Up
Jerry Watts
John 3:14-15

When I read this encounter of Jesus with Nicodemus, when I digest the hesitancy of Nicodemus, and when I hear the words of our Savior, I know in my soul how much our Lord Jesus loved and loves us.

Years ago Bill and Gloria Gaither penned some wonderful truths:

From God's heaven to a manger, from great riches to the poor came the Son of God to seek and save

From the azure halls of heaven To a rough and rugged cross Jesus came, and there His life for all He gave
From a loving, Heavenly Father To a world that knew Him not Came the man of sorrows, Christ the Lord
In my wanderings He found me Bought my soul with His own blood Gave to me a peace this world could not afford
Redeeming love, a love that knows no limit, Redeeming love, a love that shall not die
My soul shall sing throughout the endless ages, With choirs extolling this great love on high.

God redeeming love is express in, by, and through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the answer for death, sin, and eternity. What we must do is 'lift Jesus up' because when we lift Him up (John 12) then all people will be drawn to Him. This is our call, this is our task, and this is our responsibility.

For context, Jesus trying to convey to Nicodemus the truth about attaining a life that is pleasing enough to God that when death comes heaven awaits. Old Nicodemus is simply not getting this, so Jesus uses a familiar story as the spring board to teach Nicodemus (and us) how to get to heaven.

The Picture He Describes - As the Master Teacher, Jesus knows how to use the common or well-known things to engage the minds of His listeners. He begins stories with ''A man went forth to sow'' and immediately all those agri-people were connected because they had actually 'gone forth to sow.' Or He would say, ''A man had two sons'' - this would catch their attention because all people want to know about raising a family. The list goes on and on. In our text, Jesus is talking ...

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