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Lifted Up

There are three places in the Gospel of John where “lifted up” sayings appear.  Each of these are quotes from Jesus.  Here they are:

“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up”  – John 3:14

 

“When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.” – John 8:28

 

 “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” – John 12:32

 

This “lifted up” wording may sound strange to us, but Jesus and his contemporaries knew exactly what he meant.  In first century Palestine the primary way a person was “lifted up” was by crucifixion.  Jesus is forecasting his death, and the means by which he will die, in these sayings. Continue reading

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