Lifted Up from the Earth
I thank God the Father and the Lord Jesus for the many blessing They have allowed for me to receive from Their Kingdom.
The scripture I will explain is in John the 12th chapter and the 32nd verse. In the 32nd verse it says, And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
This is another scripture that a lot of people in the church misunderstand. The reason why this scripture is misunderstood is because it doesn’t mean the way it sounds and there are some scriptures in the Holy Bible that are like that and this is one of those scriptures. During the time when Jesus was on this earth in the flesh, the Roman Empire was in control of the land of Israel. During the time of Jesus, the Roman Empire had conquered Jerusalem and the surrounding areas of Jerusalem. There were certain ways of execution the Romans would use to punish people for their crimes and being hung from a wooden cross was one of their forms of execution. The people in whom the Roman government would execute on a wooden cross were the people whose judgement of execution was determine by the people in public. The people whose judgement of execution was determined in private by a group of Roman officials, they were mostly executed another way other than on a wooden cross.
During the time of Jesus, there was a complete separation between the two different groups of powerful people. So in the land of Canaan, during the time of Jesus, there were two groups of people that were in power and those groups of people who were in power in the land of Canaan, during the time of Jesus, were the Roman government and the Jewish leaders. Both groups had a different influence of power from each other, but both powers didn’t cancel out each other. Both powers didn’t interfere with each other. So in other words, the Roman government didn’t interfere with the decisions the Jewish leaders made and the Jewish leaders didn’t interfere with the decisions the Roman government made. Both groups of people stayed away from each other concerning the decision they made just as long as the decisions didn’t affect the way each group could conduct their business on a day to day basis.
The Roman government and the Jewish leaders had a lot of respect towards one another and for that reason there were some criminal cases that both groups would be directly involved in at the same time. Matter of fact; the situations that would bring both groups together were criminal cases because the only people who would mostly be arrest for a crime were either Jewish or Roman.
In today’s society there are many powerful groups of people and they all handle different situations. Because they all handle different situations their jobs keep them away from each other. An example of that are the many different law enforcements that are in the United States. All the law enforcements in the United States have their own form of power, but they are all powerful agencies. Each law enforcement stay out of the way of the other law enforcement. For that reason, each law enforcement agency doesn’t interfere with the decisions that are made by another law enforcement agency and each law enforcement agency has their own cases to deal with. But there are some cases that will cause two or may be three different law enforcement agencies to come together. Kidnapping cases for an example will bring the FBI, the City Police and the State Police together, but other cases outside of that criminal case will cause each law enforcement agency to operate on their own inside their own jurisdiction.
There might be a few more criminal cases that will bring two or three law enforcement agencies together, but that is the only one I can think of right now. The criminal cases that fits more than one jurisdiction is the criminal case that will cause more than one law enforcement agency to come together. For thousands of years, there has always been something that have brought more than one person together or a group of people together. What have brought more than one person together or a group of people together is something that has to get the interest of both parties. In a Kidnapping cases, the interest of that crime has the interest of the FBI because it is a crime that will cause a person to move from one part of the United States to another part of the United States and that kind of crime has the interest of the City and State police because the person who is kidnapped may across and go through a specific city and state jurisdiction.
What causes all three law enforcement jurisdiction to come together is because it is a crime and as we know all crimes are handled by law enforcement, either by one law enforcement or the other. Crime also brings together another powerful agency with the law enforcement agency and that agency is known as the court system. In the same way, the court system doesn’t interfere with the law enforcement agency and the law enforcement doesn’t interfere with the court system agency, but because of crime, the two are brought together. All of the different agencies in the United States have power and they don’t allow for their powers to interfere with each other, even when they come together.
This kind of interaction between powerful agencies has gone on for years and it was something that was going on between powerful people during the time of Jesus. Just like today, there were many powerful groups that worked together during the time of Jesus, but when they didn’t work together they didn’t interfere with the power or situations of the other group that was also powerful themselves.
All law enforcement agencies and the court system have power over the people. That is something that goes on today and also during the time of Jesus. Just as the law enforcement and the court system have power over the people, in the same way, the Roman government and the Jewish leaders had power over the people during the time of Jesus. The fate of many people was place in their hands, regardless, if the person was innocent or guilty. Just like today, the Roman government and the Jewish leaders had their own criminal jurisdiction. The FBI criminal jurisdiction is the federal government and the City Police jurisdiction is the city or local government. So for that reason, each criminal case they have, which is different from one another is handled in a different court. The cases of the FBI are handled in a federal court and the cases of the City Police is handled in a city court, but if the crime brings both law enforcement agencies together than the criminal cases are handled in both courts, but at different times and the federal court is the court that the case will end up in with two kinds of charges. A city charge and a government charge.
That was the same kind of criminal system that existed during the time of Jesus because there was more than one group of people who handled criminal cases just like there are many different law enforcement agencies that handled criminal cases today. Just like during the time of Jesus, today there are more than one court system that handle criminal cases and they are the federal court, the county court and the city court and as we know each court have their own law enforcement that handle their cases. The federal court is handled by the FBI, the county court is handled by the Sheriff and the city court is handled by the City Police, but when the crime covers more than one jurisdiction than the three courts are brought together towards one criminal case, but the highest court will end up getting the criminal case at the end and that court is the federal court. The trial of Jesus started in the Jewish court, but it ended up in the highest court, which was the Roman court. The crime Jesus was accused of committing, it brought both courts together because it was a crime that broke the laws of both courts, just like kidnapping breaks the laws of both courts.
That was the way it was during the time of Jesus, but the agencies were different. During the time of Jesus there were only two criminal jurisdictions. They were the Roman jurisdiction and the Jewish jurisdiction. Just like today, both jurisdictions had their own court. The Roman government had their own court and the Jewish leaders had their own court. Both jurisdictions even had their own law enforcement believe it or not, just like it is today. The Roman government had their Roman soldier and the Jewish leaders had their Temple guards. Both, the Roman soldiers and the Temple guards had the authority to arrest anyone who was convicted of a crime or who they thought committed a crime. So that goes to show you that the same law enforcement system that existed during the time of Jesus was the same system of law enforcement system that existed today, it’s just in different times.
Whatever punishment each law enforcement agency gives to a person who has committed a crime, the other law enforcement agencies will accept. Today, each law enforcement agency has a different way to punish a person for the crime they committed. In the same way, the Roman government had a different way of punishing a person who committed a crime than the Jewish leaders did. The Roman government had the public to determine the fate of a person, which is called a jury today and the Jewish leaders would determine the fate of a person, which is called a bench trial today. See, the same system, but a different way of doing it. The more serious offenses that required execution as punishment was handled by the Roman government and the less serious offenses that didn’t require execution as punishment was handled by the Jewish council.
That’s the way it is today: The more serious offenses are handle by either, the federal court or the county court and the less serious offenses are handled by the city court. The crime that Jesus was supposed to be guilty for is what is called today as a federal crime because the people thought that He identified Himself as a king because He said that He was the Son of God. Back during the time of Jesus, any person who the people thought was identifying themselves as a king that was the person who spoke against and made treat towards the Roman government or any government that was in power at the time. That was considered as a serious offense that was punishable by execution. When Jesus identified Himself as the Son of God and in the scriptures, it mention Jesus as being a king, the people thought Jesus was identifying Himself as a king that would take over the Roman Empire and that was considered as a serious offense, if it was committed by anyone during the time of Jesus. That was the reason why the Roman soldiers mocked Jesus after He was arrested.
The more serious offenses were punishable by public execution just like executions are made public today. See, the same system, but a different way of doing it. During the time of Jesus, not everyone was executed by being nailed to a cross like many people in the church think today. There were many people during the time of Jesus who weren’t nail to a cross who committed serious crimes. The reason why the Roman nailed people to the cross was to use the people who were nailed to the cross as an example, so that particular crime wouldn’t be committed again by anyone. But as we know, Jesus didn’t commit a crime because He was an innocent man. The serious crimes that people were nailed to the cross for were crimes the Roman government was afraid of, if it was committed by a large number of people because it could cause the Roman government to lose power over the people.
The two thieves that were on both sides of Jesus were convicted of stealing from the Roman Empire. Today, if there was a person who was smart enough to steal from the government and they continue to steal from the government for years, than they can bring the government to bankruptcy and that can cause the government to lose power. That was the same kind of crime the two thieves were convicted of that who were on the both sides of Jesus.
The crime that Jesus was convicted for and the crime the two thieves were convicted for was a crime that the Roman government didn’t want people to commit, so they had to make an example out of Jesus and the two thieves, so people would be afraid to commit the same kind of crimes, but like I said, we know that Jesus didn’t commit a crime because He was an innocent man.
When a person was executed by being nailed to a cross what the Roman soldiers would do is they would actually nail a person to the cross just like if you would nail two pieces of wood together. Then they would grab the cross from each end at the top of the cross and they would lift the cross until the cross was standing straight up, than they would put the bottom of the cross in a hold that was dug specifically for that particular cross. When the Roman soldiers would lift the cross from the ground, which is the earth; that was when the cross was lift from the earth, and I, if I be lifted up from the earth. There are many people in the church who think that what Jesus said, when He said, and I, if I be lifted up from the earth; they think that Jesus was talking about when He would ascend back to the Father in which some people were able to witness and see with their own eyes, but that isn’t what that scripture means. What Jesus said had to do with the way the cross was lifted up from the ground by the Roman soldiers. This is proof. Go to the next verse. The next verse says in the English version, Jesus was talking about the way He would be put to death. In the verse, Jesus didn’t say, the way He would go back to the Father, He talked about the way He would be put to death.
After the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus many people came to believe that He was the Son of God, even the people who didn’t believe that He was the Son of God before He was crucified and raised. After the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, all the people in Jerusalem and in the surrounding areas, especially, Jerusalem they believed without having doubt that Jesus was the Son of God, will draw all men unto me. This is another part of the scripture that a lot of people misunderstand. They think that statement applies to everyone who would come on this earth after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus and the statement doesn’t apply to everyone, just the people who were here on this earth who didn’t believe that Jesus was the Son of God, when He was here on this earth.