Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Lifting Him Up: its what we do

You may remember that I shared a song this week and some thoughts about being able to lift up Jesus earlier this week.  Well, the theme continues as I have some more thoughts about what we are to be about. 
Lifting up Jesus is not just a theme ... it's what we do.  It is what we are called to do.  You see throughout the Scripture we watch God be lifted up, and then awesome things happen.  Lives change when Jesus is lifted up.  Have you seen that personally?  I have.  Have you noticed it in the Bible?  I have.  Heck, I've noticed it in my life as I life Him my life changes, but when I don't lift Him up, my life creeps down the wrong path.  Right?
John 8:28 (nlt) --- So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man on the cross, then you will understand that I Am he. I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me.

John 12:32 (nlt) --- And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.

Lifting up Jesus, people will be saved.  That's life change!
Numbers 21:9 (nlt) --- So Moses made a snake out of bronze and attached it to a pole. Then anyone who was bitten by a snake could look at the bronze snake and be healed!
John 3:14 (nlt) --- And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
When Jesus is lifted up, people are healed and change their focus from self to Savior.  That's life change!
1 Peter 5:6 (nlt) --- So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.
The first step to lifting Jesus up is humbling myself.  That's life change!  Life change that I need and God intends.  We have a choice: allow it or not allow it.  But we have to understand and get and even grasp the fact that LIFTING HIM UP: it's what we do!

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