Read John 12:12-50
When the people welcomed Jesus like a king into Jerusalem with palm branches and “Hosannas,” He knew His time was near. The time when He would be lifted up on a cross and die a sinner’s death. Even the prophets of long ago had written of it — the culmination of His purpose on this earth.
“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified” (v23).
The Light of the World had more shining to do, more exposing of our need. But the angle of the Light was about to change drastically from eye-level to the top of a cross.
“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself” (v32).
The time had come for the Father to glorify His name through the Son.
“Father, glorify your name” (v28)!
His purpose was set. The Light of the World, God Himself, came to earth to be lifted up and to draw all men to Himself (v32).
The Light had entered darkness some thirty-three years earlier. Now it was time to shine even more of the Father’s glory. Time to point mankind to eternal life. (v50)
The Light of the World would be lifted up for all mankind to see their own darkness and the only way to really live. He lit the way to true life. He exposed the darkness of sin that separated mankind from living.
Still today, He lights the way for you and me, exposes the darkness, shows us how to live out the abundance He has planned for us. Life inside the Light and without darkness.
“I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness” (v46).
The Light of the World, Jesus Christ, still shines today because the Light could not be contained in a tomb. The Life that is Light could not be conquered by darkness.
This is Easter! This is why we celebrate the Resurrection today! In fact, just like the light of a single lighthouse on the edge of a huge ocean, the Light broke through the darkness that first Easter morning so that we could see.