“Now is the time for judgement on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself…He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die” (John 12: 31-33). The context covers surrounding verses but I will concentrate on John 12:27-33. The sins of humanity troubled God and the coming of His Son Christ was to remove that stain from his image. So when God undertook to redeem and save humanity, He was making His Son an offering for our sins. Jesus Christ was willing to suffer, yet in His prayer, he pleaded to be saved from grief. His prayer against distress may well agree with patience below it, and obedience to the will of God there in. Our Lord Jesus accepted his role in death to satisfy God’s damaged reputation, and he did it by humbling himself to God’s will. God had thundered from heaven, declaring Christ to be his beloved Son, at his baptism, and on the mount of transfiguration, the disciples heard God proclaiming that He had both glorified his name, and would glorify it.
Jesus Christ, reconciling the world to God by the virtue of his death, broke the power of sin that leads to death, and cast out Satan as a slayer of men. Christ, baring human sins on His shoulders transport the world to God by the message of his cross, breakdown the stronghold of sin, and extinguish Satan as a destroyer. Christ offers hope to all, whatever you are going through, it is never the end, there is something more. Humanity that was once alienated from God is now reconciled in Christ, and is brought to love and trust God. Jesus being lifted up to heaven having completed His earthly task would henceforth pull men’s hearts to God. The sky must be your limit. There is power in the blood of Jesus Christ to appeal to man, and entice him toward God. We have heard this from the gospel message, “Jesus saves, Jesus save… spread the news to every land, across the seas and every land, Jesus saves, Jesus saves”. The gospel of Christ offers hope and is that which exalts free grace, and some have contend that it is which directs duty also. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Eccl. 12: 13). Humanity therefore must now and always embrace both grace and duty from the heart and not isolated them, we cannot recognise and accept the favour of God and not act on it. However, here is Paul’s advice to the Roman brethren, adding another element, “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Rom. 5: 5). The hope we have in God is something to be proud of, we are redeemed in Christ, and our hope is alive.
Christ offers humanity something more, that no other prophet can offer. Redemption from sin and death, did not come cheaply, it took the son of God. We are lifted out of the earthly realm into a higher plane with God. Humanity, must never allow himself to think that his dream is too big, nor that we can’t make it because, people will think we aim too high. That we are reaching beyond ourselves, beyond our frontier. We should never accept the suggestions of detractors that your hope is out of reach. No matter how many rejection, disappointment, kickbacks, punch in the nose, just roll with the punches. Here is John advice, “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” (1 John 2: 1). Satan is a heavyweight boxer, we cannot face him on our own or we will be knocked out. “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted” (Gal. 6: 1). You forgive, restore and forget and think if it was me, I would want to be forgiven, and restored. Not be punished, pointed at and ridiculed. When someone tried and fail, we never put down or criticize, or point finger, we never knows the pressure or difficulty they faced, the road they walked on, why they fail. We are to bear one another’s burdens, so we will fulfil the law of Christ.
This forces us to reciprocal tolerance and compassion towards each other, agreeably to his example. It becomes us to bear one another’s burdens, as fellow travellers. It is very common for us to go on the ego trip, look on ourselves wiser and better than others, and as suitable to dictate to them. Such people deceive themselves by pretending to what we are not, we put a cheating image upon ourselves, and sooner or later will find out the sad effects. This position will never gain approval, neither with God nor with men. Every one of us are advised to prove our own work before God. The better we know our own hearts and ways, the less we will despise others, and the more we will be inclined to help them under infirmities and afflictions. How light every man’s sins seem when we commit, yet the sin will seem a heavy burden, when we come to speak to God about them. No man can pay a ransom for his brother for his sin; it is a burden to the human soul. Sin and its guilt is a spiritual burden that others can empathize with but only Christ can lift and set us free. Remember that as humans we are dead in our sins, and therefore have no sight or sense of the spiritual burden of sin. So that feeling the weight and burden of our sins, we must seek to be free from that burden of guilt by the Christ of God, and be on alert against Satan’s attack. Satan cannot stand before Christ in a battle, though he continues to confront and terrorise, he already lost the fight. Christ is our undisputed champion, the only one that can give the final knock out punch. It’s good to know the Lord is on our side, hope is restored.