KEY SCRIPTURE: John 3:14 KJV “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:”
In Numbers 21, the children of Israel after defeating the Canaanites went from mount Hor along the red sea to compass the land of Edom. They were weary about the journey and so started speaking against Moses. The Lord allowed fiery serpents to attack and bit them. They started dying, so they called on Moses who also asked the Lord to drive out the serpents. The Lord did not drive out the serpents, but asked Moses to make a bronze serpent and put it on a pole, so that whosoever was bitten and looked at the brazen serpent lived. Num 21:8 KJV. Only those who humbled themselves to look were healed and lived.
The Lord Jesus referring to the above story, said He would likewise be lifted up. Moses’ experience, was foretelling of the Saviour’s death and significance. In the story of the Israelites, they were bitten by serpents, and it was an image of a serpent that God used to save those who believed. Our Lord Jesus became sin on the cross. (2Corinth 5:21) Sin is like serpents that has bitten all humanity. The solution is an exchange or a divine substitution. When you look, as in the wilderness or you believe now in Jesus, the power of sin and its effect shall be broken.
There are many people today who have heard everything about Jesus yet cannot bring themselves to accept that, His death on the cross is God’s provision for salvation.1Corinth 1:18 KJV” For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. ” During the days of Moses some people would have died because they reasoned, how can a brazen serpent on a pole save us? These people sadly refused to look, and so died.
Now which one is difficult? Just looking and being saved or refusing to look and dying?
In our time you have to turn to Jesus and believe on Him as your Lord and saviour, then instantly you would be saved. Dear one, do not allow your reasoning to rob you of a life of peace, and a true nature of humility.
WRONG REASONING which the bible says is a blinding effect by the god of this world is a major cause why many refuse this glorious salvation and remain in their sins. Some wrong reasons;
1.This is a Whiteman’s religion.
2 Jesus died so many years ago, how can that save me now?
3 I don’t know if all these about Jesus are true?
4. Some will reason, this is not fair there should be other ways to be saved.
Moses had only one way. Now God has given us only one way. John 14:6
Dear Lord Jesus, you are the only way to be saved. I believe you died to take away my sins, and you were resurrected to give me a new life. Be the Lord of my life from now on.
THOUGHT: IT IS SO SIMPLE TO BE SAVED YET, VERY DIFFICULT FOR MANY.
1 Corinth 1:23 KJV “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”
John 14:6 KJV “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”