Does Jesus draw all men to Himself?
In John 12:32 Jesus says that He will draw all men to Himself.
John 12:32 (NASB) “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”
Are all people drawn to Jesus? We know for sure that not all people come to Jesus because we know that not all will believe in Him. However, Jesus said that He will draw ALL men to Himself. So what does Jesus mean in this context? Let’s look at His words to understand His meaning.
In John 12:27 states the purpose He came is for this hour so although He is troubled He will not ask to be saved from this hour.
John 12:27 (NASB) “Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.
Jesus is speaking to a crowd of unbelievers (see verse 37) and in verse 30 Jesus says that the voice from heaven was for the benefit of this unbelieving crowd.
John 12:30 (NASB) Jesus answered and said, “This voice has not come for My sake, but for your sakes.
John 12:37 (NASB) But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him.
Jesus said that He came for this hour. Jesus came to die, yet so many of those who heard Him speak did not believe. They weren’t just unbelieving Jesus, but they did not believe God. Some say that their unbelief was what God predestined for them from all of eternity past. But there is a problem with this view because of the words of Jesus. Jesus speaks about drawing all, not just some. If God did not desire for all to come to faith, then Jesus would never draw all. John 12:32 is a dividing line between truth and error, but to some, it doesn’t make sense because it doesn’t seem to be true.
Jesus says that IF He is lifted up from the earth (verse 33 shows this is His death on the cross) that He WILL draw ALL men to Himself.
One Way – Two Drawing Together
Was Jesus crucified on the cross? Yes! Then the condition is met.
No one can come to Jesus unless the Father draws him. And… no one can come to the Father except through Jesus.
John 6:44 (NASB) “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.
John 14:6 (NASB) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
If Jesus is the source of people coming to the Father (God), then Jesus’ statement must mean that He will draw people to Himself as God. For Jesus IS God and a belief in God must precede a belief in Jesus. While the condition is met for Jesus to draw all people, there still exists a condition for those who will respond to the drawing.
The Two Conditions
Hebrews 11:6 (NASB) And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Jesus is God’s revelation in the flesh. But the one who is able to respond to the drawing of Jesus to God must believe two things. The person must:
- Believe that God IS – that God exists.
- Believe that God responds to those who seek Him.
There it is. Jesus draws people to God, and those who will hear and respond and believe the revelation of God will be allowed to come to the Father. And those who believe the Father’s revelation about Jesus, will be allowed to come to Jesus. It is all about faith in the amount of revelation that one has been given. Those who have been given revelation about God, but who refuse to believe that revelation they are given will never come to Jesus. Jesus made it clear that those who refused to believe the Father’s word through Moses cannot believe in the words of life from Jesus.
John 5:46–47 (NASB)
46 “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me.
47 “But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
Is Jesus drawing all men to Himself? We have to believe that He is doing that unless we believe that He was a liar. Do all men come to Jesus? The Scripture says that they do not. So what witness was Jesus giving?
The Cross reveals Jesus as the I AM
By His death and resurrection, and His inheriting all things, Jesus has the power and authority to have His will be done. It is all in the hands of Jesus as the I AM.
Matthew 11:27 (NASB) “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
This is Jesus:
Romans 1:19 (NASB) because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.
Jesus made it evident to them. The pagans in the third world have been drawn to God by Jesus as He has revealed the nature of God to them. He promised to draw ALL men to Him. I believe that, and I believe Him. Do you?