All People Lifted Up with Jesus – from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey

The death and resurrection of Jesus are God’s way to open for all people the door to eternal life.  Jesus said:  “When I am lifted up from the earth, I shall draw all people to myself” (John 12:32). Indeed, all people, from all times and places, are lifted up with Jesus on the cross and into the new life of the resurrection.  Thus, Jesus’ death is a death for all humanity, and Jesus’ resurrection is a resurrection for all humanity.

Not one person from the past, present, or future is excluded from the great passage of Jesus from slavery to freedom, from the land of captivity to the promised land, from death to eternal life.

For further reflection…

“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” – 1 John 2: 2 (NIV)