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Jesus Draws

When Jesus leaves earth, He said, "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself." (John 12:32)

Jesus' use of the term "draw" is with the same figurative sense and means "to attract by the expression of loyal love." Expressing His love for His Father through His unwavering obedience to His Father, Jesus was crucified (John 12:44-50; John 14:30-31). Through His resurrection, Jesus established Himself beyond any doubt that He was indeed the Messiah (John 20:24-29). This historical event is the means of drawing all to Him in order that the gospel can be shared.

But how effective one is as a messenger of the gospel of Jesus Christ is dependent on a Believer's agape love. Although Believers are introduced to agape love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19), the public testimony of God's love depends on a Believer's life (John 13:34-35; Gal 2:20).

Agape love is the love of the Father who desires that His children are with Him forever.

Agape love is the love of the Son who knows He's the only means that others will know of His Father's love for them.

Agape love is the love of God's children who know that everyone can be adopted by the Father who accepts them as they are.

It is selfless and encourages others to grow closer to the Father.

Agape love is the divine love of God's family. How effective one is as a messenger of the gospel depends on how well one reflects the reality that Jesus Christ is the Messiah.

This is God's means of leading one to repentance (Rom 2:4).

As Jesus draws, He also calls. These two divine actions can lead one to salvation.

For deeper study:

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