Joh 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world. Now the ruler of this world will be expelled.
Joh 12:32 And me, when I am lifted up from the ground I will draw all people to myself.”
Joh 12:33 He said this indicating what kind of death he was about to die.
Joh 12:34 Then the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the law that the Messiah will stay permanently. So how can you say, ‘The Son of Man has to be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?”
The cross was an unexpected event. The people were looking for the Messiah to stay permanently. They expected someone who had the power to raise the dead to overcome death himself. And Jesus did just that. But, first, he would have to die. Because he did not have to die for his own sins, he was the only one who could die for ours. God’s gospel plan was an escape plan. But in order for believers to escape permanent death, Jesus had to forego his right to permanent life.
Lord, thank you for making our escape possible.