I see Jesus. He is lifted up on the cross. It is not a pleasant thing to see. He is there because of my missing God’s goal for my life.
Here are the key ideas:
- Exaltation is the lifting or raising on high of a person, in words or actions. The exaltation of Jesus the Messiah, first on the cross and then in his resurrection, provides a model of how God exalts the humble and obedient. God also humbles those who exalt themselves. Believers are called upon to exalt God in our praise of him.
- It is possible to submit outwardly and yet not be humbled inwardly. God hates the sin of pride, and He will chasten the proud believer until he is humbled.
- We tend to treat missing God’s goal (aka sin) for our lives too lightly, even to laugh about it (“let your laughter be turned into mourning”).
- But missing God’s goal (aka sin) is serious, and one mark of true humility is facing the seriousness of sin and dealing with our disobedience.
- “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Ps. 51:17).
- Sometimes we hear a believer pray, “O Master, humble me!” That is a dangerous thing to pray.
- Far better that we humble ourselves before God, confess our sins, weep over them, and turn from them.
- “To this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembled at My Word” (Isa. 66:2).
- “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit” (Ps. 34:18).
- If we obey these instructions, then God will draw near, cleanse us, and forgive us; and the wars will cease!
- We will not be at war with God, so we will not be at war with ourselves. This means we will not be at war with others.
- “And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever” (Isa. 32:17).
- I must put the government of my life on His shoulders and let Him become the Prince of Peace in my life. When I humble myself, God will exalt me through Jesus.
Here are the scriptures:
- John 3:14–15 (NASB) — “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.
- John 12:32 — “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”
- John 8:28 —So Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me.