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Will Draw All Men
John 12.26-36
Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say?

Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.


Father, glorify thy name.


Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it
again.


The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An
angel spake to him.


Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.


Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I
be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.


This he said, signifying what death he should die.


The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and
how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?


Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the
light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he
goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light.


These things spake Jesus, and departed, and hid  himself from them.  (KJV)
My Soul Troubled

This is the beginning of the anxiety that Jesus suffered at His coming crucifixion. The top
instinct in every individual is self-preservation. Jesus was no exception. Being in a human
body, He felt the trepidation of facing His execution.


Father, Glorify Thy Name


There were three instances that a voice from heaven spoke during Jesus’ lifetime: 1) His
baptism [Matthew 3], 2) the Mount of Transfiguration [Matthew 17], and 3) here in answer to
Jesus’ plea that the Father glorify His name. I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.
As in the other two instances, the voice was not for the benefit of Jesus, but for the benefit of
the others who were present.


The Judgment of This World


The judgment Jesus speaks of, is not the Judgment Day of all mankind nor the judgment of the
Jewish nation coming in 70 AD, it is the fulfillment of the promise and prophecy of God to the
serpent in Eden at the Fall.


(Genesis 3:15) And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and
her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.  (KJV)


(Galatians 4:1-5) Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a
servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of
the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the
world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman,
made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the
adoption of sons.  (KJV)


Jesus, the seed of the woman [made of a woman], though crucified by the forces of evil [be
bitten in the heel], will be victorious over them [crush the head of the serpent], casting him out
– reducing his power for evermore.


Lifted Up From the Earth


Jesus does not use if to indicate the possibility that he will not be crucified; but, for emphasis
that when it happens, He will draw all men unto Him. Not that salvation will be universally
enjoined by every man, but that every man will have the opportunity for salvation. He did not die
just for the Jews, but for every race, every nation, every tongue, every class, and every caste
of man in the world. The gospel is for all.


The draw of the gospel is not fun and games, it is not entertainment, it is not power or prestige,
it is not a hedge of protection from the difficulties and problems and struggles of life – it is the
saving power of the sacrifice of Jesus and the cleansing power of His blood. It is the story of
salvation – the gospel.


(Acts 2:37-40) Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter
and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto
them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission
of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your
children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with
many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward
generation.  (KJV)


(2 Thessalonians 2:13-15) But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren
beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through
sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the
obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the
traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.  (KJV)


Who Is This Son of Man?


The comprehension of the Jews of the Messiah differed from the reality. When they read that
the Messiah would reign for ever, they did not think that He would die. Yet, it was a matter of
prophecy that the Christ [Messiah] must suffer, die and rise again from the dead.


(Isaiah 53:1-12) Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no
form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire
him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we
hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath
borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God,
and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like
sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on
him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his
mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb,
so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall
declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of
my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his
death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased
the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for
sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall
prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his
knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the
transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.  
(KJV)


Believe & Walk in the Light


Jesus is the light of the world. Believe in Him. Walk in the light. This is the same thing as saying
abide in Jesus.


(1 John 1:5-7) This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you,
that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him,
and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the
light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us
from all sin.  (KJV)


(2 Corinthians 6:14-18) Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what
fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with
darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with
an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the
living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and
they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the
Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and
ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.  (KJV)