"Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of Man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself" John 8:28
To lift, to raise, to elevate, to rise above. The words that Jesus spoke in this passage were his words to the Pharissees before his death on the cross. Christ would be placed on display, lifted for the world to see as the horizontal connection between Heaven and Earth. Our pathway to the Father was covered in the redemptive blood of The Son. The Pharissees did not understand what they were going to condemn him to death, but Jesus knew before the beginning of time. This was the reason why he came. His Life, His Love, His Sacrifice was one that opened the door for us to lift hands and our very lives to God as an act of worship.
Today, we celebrate Good Friday, a day that began the Redemption of our humanity and the most humble act of Obedience the world has ever known. The sacrifice that was given for us, knows no compare. As we think about the Beauty of Death that led us to Life in Christ, let us examine our own acts of Obedience. Are we doing all we can to obey without fail? The Son of Man was lifted for us and as we observe that sacrifice, let us obey in that same manner of sacrifice. Where there is great love, there is great sacrifice.