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Look & Live

Jn 3:14-15, 36 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

LESSON - I like Wiersbe’s analysis of this passage. He says “Christ again refers Nicodemus to the OT, this time Num. 21, the account of the brazen serpent. The serpents were biting the Jews and killing them, and the strange solution to the problem was found when Moses made a serpent of brass! Looking to the serpent in faith brought healing. In like manner, Christ was made sin for us, for it was sin that was killing us. As we look to Christ by faith, we are saved. Brass symbolizes judgment, and Christ experienced our judgment when He was lifted up on the cross. Christ had to die before men could be born again; His death brings life. What a paradox!” He literally removed from us spiritually our terminal illness and infused Himself with our disease that we might be healed. His explanation was offered in the next verse which is possibility the greatest verse of all scripture. V16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Everything necessary for our salvation has been completed by Christ’s finished work. All we must do is simply look (believe on Him) and live.


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