In response to Jesus’ prayer, God His Father had spoken directly to Him from Heaven. “I have already brought glory to My Name, and I will do so again,” He had said.

Jesus told those gathered around Him that the Voice from Heaven was for their benefit, not His own.

“The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out. And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to Myself,” He said. John 12:30-32 NLT

Jesus was lifted up on  the cross of Calvary,  bearing the sin of the whole world, to die in our place. His death was the righteous judgment of God against the world for its sin. His death broke the power of Satan as the ruler of the world. And in His death, He became the only way for newly forgiven men to draw near to God.

Many years ago in the wilderness, as a result of their repeated sinning against God, Israelites were being bitten by poisonous serpents and dying. Then too, God had reached out to them, providing a way for them to escape the just punishment for their sins. He told Moses to lift a brass serpent up high on a pole, and any Israelite, bitten by a serpent, could look at that brass serpent and live.

And now the time was near when Jesus, the completely sinless Son of God, would be lifted up on a cross to die for our sins. Any man who looks to Him in faith will live, no matter how terrible the sins he is leaving behind.

Jesus is our only hope. There is no other way to the Father, except through Him. There is no other way to escape the just penalty for sin, except through Him. And He is all we need. His sacrifice, His rising again, and His constant intercession on our behalf will always completely satisfy His Father, and those who come to Him in faith and obedience are saved forever.

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