Jesus said in our Bible reading passage for today that, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he….” The Greek phrase “lifted up” in scripture could mean two things: First, it could mean physically lifting something or someone up and is thought by many to be a reference to the Cross. A second meaning, though, could mean, “to exalt, or praise.”
When it comes to Jesus actually both meanings apply. When Jesus was lifted up on the Cross and was resurrected from the grave it removed all doubt about whether he was of God. And, when we lift him up in praise he again removes all doubt as he draws all worshipers to himself.
(John 8:28-30) 28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” 30 Even as he spoke, many believed in him.