““Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die. The crowd answered him, “We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.” NRSV
The movement in this scene of Jesus’ life overshadows one of the most overlooked statements, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” For some reason, our eyes read “all people” and our minds conclude “some people.” For two thousand years the followers of Jesus have played a kind of king or queen of the mountain game over who gets to be counted among the “some.”
Sadly, it’s all for naught. The minute people begin to vie to be among the “some,” they risk being not included at all. It would be difficult even for Jesus to welcome into his eternal home those individuals who believe other residents have no right to be there. Bringing peace and full acceptance in that scenario would require yet another miracle.
If only we took the time to understand what Jesus said. For him, “all” truly meant “all.” It should mean that for us, too.
Be a blessing to someone today!