Monday, June 29, 2020

Jesus Lifted Up

June 30, 2020

In the New Testament, the bronze serpent becomes a metaphor for Jesus. He too was lifted up in order to deliver the people. And just as the God used a snake to deliver people from snake bites, God would use death to give us victory over death. As you study this short passage, reflect on the connections between the savior and the bronze serpent. 

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REFLECTION

Jesus Lifted Up
By Pastor Buff Delcamp
  
Jesus said, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

The reference here is to an event in the life of Israel as God was leading them to the Promised Land. If you don’t know it, turn now and read it in Numbers 21:4-9. It’s strange. In judgment for the people’s sin, they were bitten with a venom and were going to die. But all they had to do was look to the snake Moses had made which he put on a pole. Lying on the desert floor, suffering and near death, wouldn’t they need some medicine inside? Or at least on the wound? Just a look and then healing? Yes! We sinners who deserve death are guilty debtors. But Christ became sin, died our death and paid our debts with His own blood. Thank You, God! And our response is a “look”, the look of faith.

Faith is the very key. It is the hand that reaches out and takes the free gift. It is merely looking to Jesus: turning and seeing Him on the cross and believing. Nothing besides faith, nothing except faith, no prayer, no religious activity, no good living… just look, see and say “yes.” Have you? Is pardon and peace yours today?

Finish with the next verse in our reading, John 3:16. The first phrase is the most important and beautiful in all the Bible. The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made (Psalm 145:9). And the demonstration of this great love is Christ - lifted up on a cross, God’s gracious Gift to the whole world. Thanks be to God.


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