The Serpent In The Wilderness

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

John 3:14

And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.  And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

Numbers 21:8-9

In John 3:14, Jesus gives Nicodemus a picture of things to come and a great picture of what happens in the life of every Christian.  He tells him that, as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, He must be lifted up.  When we look at the story of Moses and the serpent in the wilderness, we see a wonderful picture of what happens when Jesus Christ is lifted up.

In Numbers, the children of Israel had sinned against God and God had sent fiery serpents among them.  These serpents bit the people, and the people  started to die.  Moses prayed for them and the Lord told him to put a brass serpent on a pole.  Anyone who would but look at the serpent of brass would be healed of the bite from the fiery serpent.  They only had to look at the serpent to be healed.

In John, Jesus said that His “being lifted up” would be the same.  Today, men are bitten by the fiery serpent of sin.  That fiery serpent bites every man that comes into the world.  And every one of us desperately needs healing from that bite of sin.  The only way to be healed is to look to the Son of man.  All we must do is look to Him.  What a wonderful Saviour!

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