Waking up this morning on Good Friday I felt as if the Holy Spirit was whispering to me John 12:32 when Jesus said “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” Other ancient authorities read “all things”  Why doesn’t that preach? Do we have to make the Good News less good?

Jesus was lifted up from the earth on the cross drawing all creation into himself. How radically inclusive is that? All things, all people.  The creator of all things drawing all of our brokenness, despair and shame into himself, all of our exclusion, all of our “rightness”,all of our abuse, abandonment,  all of our religion, and the most amazing thing all people. This was done in the midst of human blindness, which at times, is just as blind today. All people drawn to Christ. Think about that. Try to separate the common, modern western thought that this day was only about settling legal scores. Open your heart to the mystery of God and his pursuit of you.  Scripture like this is uncomfortable when you are used to trying to earn God’s smile. This was done because he already loved you into existence and smiles with pure joy at wonder of you, his child. All separation is gone even if we don’t see it.

Whether it preaches or not, that is what happened. The creator chose to become the creation and experience every kind of shame imaginable. God really does understand. We are a part of Him. “In Him, we live and move and have our being” Celebrate the humility of God today. Christ our brother in humanity is always and forever identified with You! Our Father delights in you and yearns for the day that you know in your core how precious you are to Him. The Holy Spirit will continue to whisper this truth into your soul until you are caught up in the Truth.

Love to all