What Jesus Did! 'Lifted Up to Save Us' — John 8:25-28

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Jews asked, "Then who are you?" Jesus answered, "I am what I have told you from the beginning. I have many things I could say to judge you. But I tell people only the things I have heard from the One that sent me. And he speaks the truth." These Jews did not understand who Jesus was talking about. Jesus was telling them about the Father (God). So Jesus said to them, "You will lift up (kill) the Son of Man. Then you will know that I AM. You will know that these things I do are not by my own authority (power). You will know that I say only the things that the Father has taught me."
— John 8:25-28 NLT
Illustration of John 8:25-28 NLT — "Then who are you?"

Key Thought

John uses such a simple vocabulary to tell the story of Jesus in such a magnificent way. The term lifted up can mean "to physically lift" something up or it can mean "to exalt." The latter use is more prominent in the New Testament and in common usage. For John, however, the two mean the same thing. Jesus is exalted when he is lifted up on the Cross. Far from being something of shame, it was God's way of reaching the hearts of people. Jesus does what he does because it is the Father's way of reaching people. Unfortunately, so many miss the wonders of this sacrificial love. Yet for those of us who have been touched by this display of grace, it is God's power to cleanse and transform us.

Today's Prayer

For your wondrous love, O God, I praise and thank you. For your incredible sacrifice, Lord Jesus, I praise you for your obedience and your love. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 3:13-17
  • John 12:23-33
  • Matthew 27:54


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.