Faith in the ONE Who Has Been "Lifted Up"!
John 3:10-15 New International Version (NIV)
10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.[a] 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[b] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[c]
Saturday - March 13
This week we saw Jesus remove the temple as an idol that Israel trusted in. We also saw Jesus remove ancestry and genealogy as an idol and object of pride. What does he replace them with? A reference to Numbers 21:7-9. It is the story of the wickedness, rebellion and sin of the people of Israel. As punishment, snakes bit everyone. Their healing and salvation came through faith. God told Moses to “lift up” a wooden pole with a bronze snake on it and promised that any person who looked at that snake would be healed. Faith in God’s promise of the one who was “lifted up” is our salvation.