What does the word “exalt” really mean?

The word “exalt” means to hold (someone or something) in very high regard; think or speak very highly of.

This is Passion Week. Passion Week (also called Holy Week) takes place between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday (also known as Resurrection Sunday).

This week, we think about and remember the steps that led to the ultimate sacrifice – the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made, and in doing so, did something for us that no one else could ever do for us.

John 12:32 says, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. “

Jesus on the Cross

In the Greek language, the word “lifted” means “exalted”.

I contend here that there is yet another application of the word “lifted” – in more of a literal sense. I think what Jesus is saying is that at the very moment He would be lifted off the ground and nailed to the cross, He would draw all men to Himself.

In other words, at the moment Jesus is lifted up, something spiritual, something invisible and something powerful takes place. A shift in “who would be the ruler of the Earth and whose kingdom would be exalted” happens that day.

At that moment, every sin would be marked paid in full, every debt cancelled and every prisoner of sin is set free by the power of the blood of Jesus!

Every year we celebrate this day and remember the power of the cross and the words of Our King Jesus as he said “I will draw all men unto myself”.

Today these words are just as true! And I believe that as WE exalt Jesus and as we lift up His name, and as we remind ourselves of this power of the cross, we will see more and more men and women and children draw close to Jesus.

So here’s what I do..

  • I pray
  • I worship
  • And I believe

And as I do these things, Jesus does what only He can do – and He draws my family, my friends, the people I am praying for, near to Him.

Jesus does what only He can do, as I do my part in lifting him up.

Let this be a word of encouragement to you today and start your days by lifting up Jesus and remember the power of your prayers and praise will cause Jesus to draw in those who are lost.

You matter. Your life matters. Your position in Christ is powerful.