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“As Moses lifted up the snake on a pole in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up. – Jesus (John 3:14)

God’s object lessons can be strange. In the Old Testament, when God’s people complained poisonous snakes slithered out and bit them.1 God’s cure was to take an image of one of those snakes, put it on a pole and look at it! Those who looked lived and those who refused to look died.

Who would refuse to look when it was right there in front of them?! Yet some did.

Jesus speaking to Nicodemus, a religious scholar who would know the story well, said God would offer his answer for sin’s bite in the same way — putting sin on a pole (cross) for all to see. The apostle Paul later wrote,

[God] hath made [Christ] to be sin for us … that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. – 2nd Corinthians 5:21

Those who figuratively look to Christ and his sacrifice have deliverance.

Who would refuse to look when it is right there in front of them?

– fritz@langgang.com
1 Numbers 21:6

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