“So the Pharisees said to one another, ‘You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.”
“Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. And Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.’…
‘And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’”
John 12:20-23, 32
“Look, the world has gone after him.” What a magnificent statement. The Pharisees, believing Jesus to be a blasphemer, were doing all they could to stop Him. But our Savior would not be contained. His influence was spreading beyond the Jews, compelling Gentiles to also seek Him.
Verses later, Jesus affirms His purpose—not just to save the Jewish people, but to draw all people to Himself. And He will do so not through wondrous acts that draw crowds, but through His death on a cross.
“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile all things,
whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”
“Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’
and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’
And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’
there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’”
This is Jesus, our Savior. This is our God, drawing all people to Himself. Reaching out His arm which is mighty to save, bringing peace to the far and to the near. Regardless of where we come from. Regardless of what we’ve done.
We don’t need a perfect heritage or a perfect past to be welcomed into the presence of God. We don’t need to prove ourselves worthy…we would never be able to. We need our perfect Savior who “appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself…so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:26, 28).
Praise our gracious, glorious God who draws us to Himself, so that we can eagerly await His return. Let us not hinder the Spirit’s leading to boldly speak of this grace and hope we have come to know, so that more are drawn to our Jesus who died for their sake and we can hear it said, “Look, the world has gone after Him.”