Looking to Jesus

Scripture: John 3:14-15, ‘Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.’

 

Observations: Jesus is referring to the story in Numbers 21:4-9 when God sent snakes amongst his people because they grumbled against him. When the people repented God commanded Moses to make a bronze snake and put it on a pole, so that when people looked at it they were healed. Jesus uses this event to describe what will happen to himself. Like the bronze snake was lifted up on a pole, so Jesus would be lifted up on a cross. And just like everyone who looked to the bronze snake would live so everyone who looks to Jesus ‘may have eternal life.’ At Christmas time we remember Jesus coming into our world, but Jesus knew right from the start of his ministry that he would die for the sins of the world. Jesus’ purpose was to give his life in order that those who believe in him might receive eternal life. Jesus saw in the Old Testament God’s plan of redemption working itself out in his life.

 

Application: Stories like this show the unity of all of Scripture, how Jesus is the fulfilment of God’s promises in the Old Testament. But even more importantly this story shows the importance of believing in Jesus, of looking to him for our salvation. Without Jesus we will die from the poison that is sin, and not just physical death, but also spiritual death, being separated from God for all eternity. But when we look to Jesus God promises that we will live, and not just live life to the full, but also live for all eternity with Him. So, are you looking to Jesus for your salvation? Do you believe that through faith in him you will receive eternal life?

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Your Son, Jesus was lifted up so that by looking to him in faith I might receive new life. Lord, help me to look to Your Son alone. Keep me from looking to anything else for my hope, because only Jesus can pay the penalty for my sins, only Jesus can bring healing for my soul, only Jesus can give life eternal. Lord, I thank You for the gift of faith, I thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit, and I thank You for the gift of Your Son this Christmas. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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