How many times have you heard the worship leader say something like, “Jesus said ‘If I be lifted up I will draw all men to me,’ so let’s worship Jesus and allow him to draw us nearer”? Sometimes it is implied that our worship of Jesus will even result in Jesus bringing sinners to salvation.
A simple reading of the context reveals that it is being both misquoted and taken out of context. Jesus didn’t say “If I be lifted up I will draw all men to me,” but rather “If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to me.” The addition of the bolded words alone make it clear that the worship leader’s interpretation is wrong. The context makes it even more obvious: (more…)