Lifted Up : A Life lived only to the Glory of God

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March 18, 2018
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Jeremy Taylor wrote Holy Dying in the midst of many great losses: “Death has come so close as to fetch a portion from your own heart, and now you cannot choose but to dig your own grave….My lord, It is a great art to die well, and to be learned by men in health, who have power to discourse and consider.”   

In John 12, Jesus explains that Holy Dying is the Way of Life: Except a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit.”  Holy Dying was Jesus calling (“For this reason came I into the world”) and it is our calling (“whoever would serve me must follow me”).  (Jesus time was not marked by the progress of Democratic Individualism—but by the promise of his calling.)  Holy Dying is the Means of Life—by it Jesus brings forth “much fruit” and by it we live “unto eternal life.” Holy Dying is Glorification.  The Gentiles come saying, “Sir, we would see Jesus.” And Jesus responds with His “Glorification”: “and I, if I am lifted up will draw all men unto me.” On the cross, we see Christ exalted—“Lifted Up”—because there we see a Life lived only to the glory of God—an athlete who has sacrificed everything to “glorify your Name.” This is what “Holy Dying” means: A greater vision of His Calling than of His Comfort.  And Jesus says to us, “If you will be my servants, My Father will honor you” also.