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An Unlikely Treasure
At the foot of one of the greatest verses in the Bible, John 3:16, lies an equally great treasure to be found. Jesus said to Nicodemus, "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." Jn. 3:14-15 According to Christ, the serpent that Moses lifted up on a pole was a symbolic picture of him on the cross. At first look it is difficult see how that could be. But upon closer examination we will see the beauty of our Redeemer in a most wonderful way.
"And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live." Nu. 21:8 The people were about to perish because they had sinned. God told Moses to make a "fiery serpent" and set it upon a pole, and the people simply had to look at it to live. How could the words "fiery serpent" be symbolic of Christ on the cross? Let's look at the word "fiery" first. It says that Moses made a serpent of brass and put it on a pole. How do we get a fiery appearance from a brass serpent? Well God could have supernaturally caused the appearance of fire. Once as I was giving thought to this, I was trying to picture this brass serpent on the pole, and in my mind it lit up with the reflection of the sun on it. I believe that is it. Can you picture the reflection of the sun on it in your mind? It may have been shining so brightly they could not even look directly into it. Now how could this fiery appearance be symbolic of Christ? Where did Moses see fire before? God appeared to Moses as a flame of fire shining from the midst of a bush. "And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed." Ex. 3:2 The word "angel" here simply means "a messenger" If you continue to read, it is clearly God who appears to Moses as a flame of fire. "Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God." Ex. 3:6 The "fiery" appearance on the pole is symbolic of the deity of Christ. That is to say that Jesus is God. The same one who appeared to Moses as a flame of fire out of the midst of the bush was eventually born into the human race. This was Jesus. Jesus is complete man and complete God. He is Emanuel, which means God with us. How then does the serpent fit into the picture? The answer is found in the book of Galatians. "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:" Gal. 3:13 The answer is, He was made a curse for us by the Father placing our sin upon him. Moses is known as the old testament "Law Giver". The same hands that carried down the "Law" (and it's penalty) was told "make" a serpent on the pole. He hammered it (or afflicted it) until it became the shape of a serpent, which represents the curse. It was made a curse upon the pole. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by being made a curse for us. God the Father has placed the penalty for our sin upon Him. Those of us who have looked to Jesus have been given everlasting life. We have life in Christ. The curse has been removed. "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." Rom. 8:1-2
First things First
“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy
soul, and with all thy might.” Deut. 6:5
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great
commandment.” Mt. 22:37-38
I used to be able to read over these verses and there was little significance to them. Like reading in many other places, they were easily passed by. But now,
they seem to rise up off the page, like a great mountain. And I have to stand in
awe at their majesty. I believe to love the Lord thy God with all of thy heart,
and with all of thy soul, and with all of thy mind, is the highest pinnacle of
human existence. Though I may not reach its great heights while I am alive in
this body, I have seen it from afar. And I know a great wonder is there.
Should we aspire to any other place?
Jesus is God
The focus of this ministry is the deity of Christ. That is to say, Jesus is God in the flesh. To those who might think differently, I say, Look again! "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." Mt. 1:23
New! Spoons of Gold
"This was the dedication of the altar, in the day when it was anointed,
by the princes of Israel: twelve chargers of silver, twelve silver bowls, twelve
spoons of gold:" Num. 7:84
Who is Jesus?
"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Micah 5:2
How Can Someone Go to Heaven?
1. You (like I) must realize you have sinned against God. (Print/Download)
" As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" Rom. 3:10
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Rom. 3:23
2. You must realize there is a penalty for sin.
"For the wages of sin is death;" Rom. 6:23
God doesn’t want us to receive the penalty for our sin; but to come to him in sincerity, asking for forgiveness. Repent
He wants you to receive his gift instead.
".., but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Rom. 6:23b
How do you receive that gift? By faith in Jesus Christ.
3. You must realize that Jesus shed his blood and died on the cross for you (and rose again).
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Rom 5:8
4. You must receive Christ as your Savior by faith.
"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." Jn. 3:16
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Eph. 2:8-9
5. You must pray and ask Jesus to save you.
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved". Rom. 10:13
If you pray and ask Jesus to save you, he will. Pray right now, and he will save you right where you are. We have that promise to stand on.
You should be baptized after you have been saved, in order to be obedient.
(All references are King James Version)