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October 14

A Saviour for All

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. — John 12:32

As we read the gospel story we are surprised to see how few persons were really drawn to Christ during His life. Crowds followed Him — many from curiosity, but very few were drawn to Him in heart and life. We see at the last how few; there was but a little handful of clinging friends about His cross.

It was not until He had made His great sacrifice, had been “lifted up” on the cross, that all men began to be drawn to Him. Why was the influence of a crucified Jesus so much greater than that of a living, miracle-working Jesus? For one reason, the death of Christ revealed the wonderful love of God. All His sweet, gentle, helpful life told of love, too; but it was when He went to His cross that the full, rich glory of the Divine love was manifested. And love always draws. It is love that men need, and wherever they find it they want to come and rest in its warmth and tenderness.

Another reason why Jesus drew most powerfully after He had be “lifted up,” was because then the Divine Spirit was present to work on human hearts and lives. Without the drawing of the Spirit none would ever come to Christ. There was an old legend that when Jesus was dying a dove came and settled on His cross. It is only a legend; yet it suggests the truth that even after the precious blood had been poured out men would not have come to Christ had they not been drawn by the Holy Ghost. Keble writes:—

Should’st thou not need some mighty charm
  To win thee to thy Saviour’s side,
  Though he had deigned with thee to bide?
The Spirit must stir the darkling deep,
  The dove must settle on the cross,
Else we should all sin on or sleep
  With Christ in sight, turning our gain to loss.

Daily Word of God - October 14

Public domain content taken from Come Ye Apart by J.R. Miller.

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