John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
Darkness is dispelled when we lift up Jesus. The first evidence of that in the scripture was in Numbers 21 when many of the Israelites died because of the plaque of the fiery serpent. Death and darkness was upon the people and they cried to Moses to pray to God for them and the solution God gave Moses was to make a brazen serpent and lift it up high, and as the people looked at it they would live. As the word of God said, so was it. When the people looked upon the brazen serpent, which was a representation of Jesus, death and darkness disappeared.
In John 12:31-32 , just prior to his death and resurrection, Jesus made the revelation that lifting him up would remove darkness. To make the point he said “now shall the prince of this earth be cast out”. Through the bondage of sin, the whole world was in darkness. But, at that point Jesus was about to change that by being lifted up on the cross. So it is within that context that he said if I be lifted up from this earth, I will draw all men unto me. The purpose for Jesus being lifted up was for darkness to disappear by all humanity looking to him and live.
Jesus is not going to go back to the cross, nevertheless we can choose to remove the dark circumstances from our lives by looking at him. That will require us to lift Him far above the dark situations of our lives. If all we can see is darkness then the darkness will remain. But, if we choose to see Jesus by lifting him up high then light and life will fill our lives.
Life Application: Lift Jesus higher by elevating him above your problems. When that is done, he is the center of your attention and his word becomes your guide.
Prayer: Lord, thanks for dying on the cross so that all men can be drawn to you. I will lift you high above all my circumstances so that you may be glorified. In Jesus’ name, amen.