14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
The clarity of this teaching by Jesus, lets all people of all time know that the only way of salvation is through Him. Jesus could not have made it any clearer than this. He references Numbers 21:19 for clarity. The people of Israel had rebelled against God and complained against Him so much that God sent poisonous snakes into their encampment to bite and kill the people. As the people were suffering and dying Moses interceded and God told Moses to make a snake out of bronze and put it on a pole. He then promised Moses that all who looked on the bronze snake would live. That look would have been a look of faith. I am certain that there were those in the camp who refused to look at the bronze snake thinking it just wouldn’t work. But all who looked with faith upon that snake were healed of their snake bite.
Jesus used this illustration to prophesy His being lifted up on the cross. One day, all who looked to Him with the look of faith, would live. We have been bitten by the snake of sin, just as Eve was, and the bite is deadly. We are going to die in our sin unless we look to Jesus for life. When we do look to Jesus for life we gain eternal life.
Why does God do this? Because He so much loves us that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him will not, will not, perish, that is, they will not die in their sin, but will have eternal, everlasting life. With all of this love and salvation on display why won’t more people look to Jesus and live? Pray with me for more people this year in our community to look to Jesus and live.
What did God do? God sent His Son to give us life. He did not send Jesus to condemn us, our sin does that, but God send Jesus to give us life. God wants us to be saved from our sin, to rise from that snake bite of sin and to live in Him both here and forever. If you have never looked to Jesus with the look of faith to save you from the snake bite of sin, will you look to Him today and find life abundant and life eternal in Him?
Ben’s message from last Sunday will be on the church website today. I am thankful for Ben’s competence with the Scriptures and the clarity with which he delivered this message to our church.
If you are struggling with this election, read Psalm 2.
A young man named Derek died of an OD this week. He was a work friend of Ron. Pray for his family as the funeral is tonight.
We had a blessed time of prayer and Bible study last night. What a thrill to gather with brothers and sisters around God’s word. I am so thankful for our Wednesday night times.
Have a great day in the Lord, PS