Jesus said “If I be lifted up I will draw all men to myself.” (John 12:32). What an incredible statement. Jesus in essence is saying “When men do the worst they can do to me… when I am unjustly condemned and cruelly executed I will draw all men to me.” We simply point the lost to the cross. We hold it up for all to see.
This verse inspired the conclusion below. George MacLeod wrote this some years ago. It has inspired me many times since.
at the centre of the marketplace
as well as on the steeple of the church.
I am recovering the claim that
Jesus was not crucified
in a cathedral between two candles
but on a cross between two thieves;
on a town garbage heap;
at a crossroad of politics so cosmopolitan
that they had to write His title
in Hebrew and in Latin and in Greek …
and at the kind of place
where cynics talk smut,
and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble.
Because that is where He died,
And that is what He died about.
And that is where Christ’s own ought to be,
And that is what church people ought to be about.”
I could not agree more!
“But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross…” (Galatians 6:12)
FOR REFLECTION: How does the MacLeod verse change your thinking about the cross?