Jesus the Snake


“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”  Would you consider that Jesus lived for you and died for you? God loves you so much that he gave Jesus that mission!

13 “No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
John 3:13-18

Yesterday we read about how Moses created a bronze snake for the people of Israel to look upon to avoid being killed by snake venom after they had sinned against God. Jesus’ coming was foretold in that story.  Jesus compared himself to the bronze snake in his conversation with Nicodemus in John 3.  He said, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

Everyone who believes in Jesus will have eternal life in him.

And we won’t die from snake venom… huh?  The wages of our sin is death (Romans 6:23).  Yet because of what Jesus did, we can experience the grace of God.

That’s why God the Father sent his son.  Not to condemn us, but rather to save us.  We are already condemned.  We have already been bitten by the snake.  The venom of sin is coursing through our veins.  And our condemnation is sealed for not believing in the name of Jesus (vs. 18).  The sin of unbelief is greater than anything else we do.

Have you looked upon Jesus as he was lifted up for you?

Would you consider that he lived for you and died for you?  God has the offer of eternal life for you if you will respond to his free offer of grace.  How will you respond today?

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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5 Responses to Jesus the Snake

  1. Scarlett says:

    Marc…are you saying that, “The venom of sin is coursing through our veins.” even after we have come to believe and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and have been set free from the LAW, (curse) of sin and death? That’s the way it sounded when I read this, but then, I had a later Saturday night with family and just how having first cup of coffee.

    • marckinna says:

      Scarlett, if you read Romans 6 you will see that just as Christ died we also died with him, yet we must count ourselves dead to sin and alive to Jesus. Our souls are pure and holy yet our bodies are still waiting for their redemption (Romans 8). And so we see that we are free, yet until we pass from time until eternity we will battle against our flesh and blood…

      • Scarlett says:

        I know we do have the potential to sin, if we allow it. I think it’s the wording that bothered me..”venom of sin coursing though our veins”…sounds like it has free reign, which it doesn’t. Blood courses though our veins which does have free reign and we can’t stop, until we die.
        I’m not trying to debate with you. In fact, did a blog post on the very same thing, entitled, “Old Timers called Sinners Snake Bit, just a few posts back on my blog. The brazen serpent is a very good take on the Shadows and Types in the Old Testament.
        God bless,
        Scarlett

      • marckinna says:

        Thank you Scarlett. Blessings to you for adding to the conversation.

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