LIFT HIM UP
There are times when I’m torn between traditional worship and contemporary worship. I have come to really embrace change and have a love for gospel and contemporary music, but I must admit I have a deep love for the hymns of the church. They bless my soul in so many ways. Many of them cause me to reflect on my growing up in church. One hymn we sang that really set the congregation on fire was the hymn, “Lift Him Up”. These lyrics by Johnson Oatman, Jr. really captivated me: “How to reach the masses, men of every birth, for an answer, Jesus gave the key: “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, Will draw all men unto Me.”I believe this hymn was based on the Word of God. John 12:32 records these words:
“And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.””
Here we see the omnipotent power of the cross, for it was at Calvary the Master took our place on the cross. It was not by accident or by chance. God gave His only begotten Son and whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. Calvary is where the debt of sin was paid in full. The prince of peace substituted for us and as a result, we have been set free. As we lift Him up, others will be drawn to Him. There is power in the cross of Christ where forgiveness is made possible through the shedding of His blood. New power has come into our lives. That power is made known in the transformation of our lives. So, in the words of the hymn writer and the words of the gospel writer, let us lift Him up today; lift Him up, for there is none like Him. He deserves the glory and honor.
John 12:32 (NLT)