Wednesday, July 5, 2017

“Exalt The Savior”, A Closer Look by Leon Reed

What does it mean to Exalt the Savior? Well, we begin by identifying the definition for the two primary words of this phrase.

Exalt: 1. To raise in rank, character or status; elevate. 2. To glorify, praise or honor

Savior: one that saves from danger or destruction, one who brings salvation.

God sent His one and only son, Jesus, to earth to be our Savior.

The focus verse for this part of our Mission is John 12:32 which says, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

Jesus knew in a few days He would literally be lifted up. He would be nailed to a cross and lifted up.

Here, Jesus used the Greek word – hupsoo (hoop-so’-o), which means “to exalt, lift up.” Jesus knew He would be physically lifted up, but He also knows we must lift Him up through our recognizing who He truly is.

When you exalt Jesus, when I exalt Jesus, when the church exalts Jesus, Jesus will draw people to Himself.

How do we exalt Jesus?
1. By believing Jesus is the one to follow.
2. By following the commands of Jesus.
3. By being one in fellowship with other believers.
4. By worshipping God in all aspects of our lives.
5. By building others up in the work of the ministry.
6. By stirring the hearts of all people with the Gospel.
7. By committing to follow Jesus.

Those are our JOURNEY components to live a Kingdom-focused life.

If there is a time when we can’t remember the components of JOURNEY, remember Love God-Love Others

Again, Jesus said “When I am exalted, I will draw all people to myself.” That does not mean all will follow. Each of the all has to choose for themselves. The drawing part is God’s responsibility. The exalting the Savior part is our responsibility.

In conclusion, let us echo the psalmist in Psalm 34:3, “Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!”

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