Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” This He said, signifying by what death He would die.
Good morning friends. Jesus made this statement in a bid to explain His death, and the gift of the Holy Spirit; freely available to all who believe. Here the word draw denotes a process that ultimately leads to a divine connection or encounter. These connections or encounters affords us with unique opportunities to have an audience with God, with a view to reason with him and review our lives.
Jacob had this encounter when he turned to God in desperation, when he heard that his twin brother Esau (the one he cheated of his birthright) was chasing hard after him. In fear for his life and his family’s, he turned to God with all his heart. He wrestled with an angel through the night, leading to a change in his destiny. Something significant happened that night, similar to Esther’s appearing before the king, or David confronting Goliath. In the words of Esau:
It is in my power to do you harm, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, ‘Be careful that you speak to Jacob neither good nor bad.’
At a crucial time Jacob had chosen wisely. His prayers had provoked God’s intervention, his faith was strengthened, his life transformed – he had been drawn into a more meaningful relationship with God.
Today, we have the some opportunity dear friends. The choice is ours, but consequences are out of our control.