Tag: Lifted up

Saving the world!

Scripture reading for October 26th: Ezekiel 7-9, John 3

Key Scriptures: John 3:14-18 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only Son of God.”

Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners and reveal the Father God’s love for all mankind. Jesus showed Nicodemus through the Old Testament story of Moses and the serpent on the pole how God would lift up His Son in the crucifixion. As the Israelites were healed by looking at the bronze serpent image on the pole lifted above the camp, so all mankind would be saved and given eternal life by looking to Jesus, Who was made sin for us and died on the cross in our place. God’s amazing love is revealed to all who will humbly look and believe.

Faith confession and prayer: Lord God and Jesus, I thank You both for Your amazing love and the gift of eternal life. You alone are my precious possession, not silver or gold. Empower me today to share this great news with all in my path.

Ezekiel 7:19 “They cast their silver into the streets, and their gold is like an unclean thing. Their silver and gold are not able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord. They cannot satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it. For it was the stumbling block of their iniquity.”

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Thankful for Snakebite Remedy!

Scripture reading for February 13th:  Numbers 20-24

Key Scriptures:  Numbers 21:7-9  “The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you.  Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.”  So Moses prayed for the people.  The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live. So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole.  Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, he lived.”

Because of again complaining against the Lord and His leader Moses, poisonous snakes began biting the offenders and they were dying.  The people asked for prayer and Moses asked God for healing.  The remedy was found to be a bronze replica of a snake lifted up on a pole in the camp.

Joyful Thanksgiving:  God provided a remedy for our fatal snake bite, coming through sin from Adam’s disobedience.  Jesus was made sin and lifted up on a wooden cross and all who look to Him are healed!  “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.”  (John 3:14-15)

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Jesus lifted up; prince of darkness driven out!

Scripture reading for May 22nd: John 12:20-50

Jesus was in an intense spiritual battle with the prince of darkness as He approached the final days on earth.  Many people had welcomed Him into Jerusalem crying “Hosanna” and great crowds looked for Him and many followed Him.  The religious leaders were plotting His death and one of His own disciples was preparing to betray Him.  He knew from His Father that He was to willingly lay down His life for His people and for the whole world.

A group of Greeks came to the disciples and wanted to see Jesus. “Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.  I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.  But if it dies, it produces many seeds.  The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  Whoever serves Me must follow Me; and where I am, My servant also will be.  My Father will honor the one who serves Me.” (John 12:23-26)  Jesus was saying that His time to die was near.  Anyone wanting to follow Jesus, must be willing to follow Him, even to the point of giving up their life.  Curiosity and commitment are two different things.  The Father would honor commitment.

“Now My heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’?  No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your Name!” As Jesus prayed, suddenly a voice from heaven spoke, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” (John 12:27-28)  The Father had spoken to encourage those who were listening to His Son.

“Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.  But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” (John 12:31-32)  As Jesus was encouraged by His future glorification, He explained the purpose and manner of His death.   He would be nailed to the cross and lay His life down while bearing man’s sins.   Judgment would come on the world and the prince of this world, Satan, would be driven out!  Death would be defeated and all men would be drawn to Jesus Christ!

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