We come to church each Sunday drawn together. We can’t explain it easily. All the doctrines of the atone- ment, and justification, and sanctification, just fall short. We just know something about the magnetic radiation of Jesus who attracts us. Our faith is nothing more than letting ourselves be drawn inexplicably to him. As the crowd said to Phillip in yesterday’s text, “Let us see Jesus,” we exclaim the same. We want to see Jesus.
Here in John 12 is a story about a God who wins vic- tories, not through conventional means of power and glory, but through suffering and death. We Christians
are those who live our lives in light of that story. What the world regarded as an unabashed tragedy, we see the cross as an absolute triumph. Jesus being “lifted up” is a peculiar notion, but we understand... for we see Jesus as others may not see him.
Peace, Pastor Gary