John 3: 14-15
Nicodemus asks Jesus, ‘How can this be?’
Jesus explains that as the snake on the pole was lifted up by Moses, so too would the Son of Man be lifted up. He also tells Nicodemus why: so that all who believed in Him would have eternal life.
Jesus tells him about Jesus.
Jesus draws the comparison between men bitten by poisonous snakes, men about to die because of their sin and rebellion, and Nicodemus, who represents all men. He represents us. As we have been bitten and poisoned in this world, as we have grumbled and rebelled against our Heavenly Father, as we have turned away from Him, we are sinners in need of a Saviour.
And all they had to do to be healed, was to look upon the bronze serpent. They didn’t need to do anything complicated, they simply had to look.
And all we have to do to be healed is to look upon Jesus.
Have you looked upon Jesus? Have you looked upon his life, his sacrifice for you, his death, his resurrection?
Have you looked upon Jesus?
As you look upon the Lord Jesus, the Holy Spirit works within you. The Holy Spirit will awaken a deep desire for Jesus, you will find a deep desire to draw near to Him. You will find a deep desire to rid yourself of the poison you have taken in. That poison is different for all of us. For some it is a drug, a drink, a person, an appetite, an anger, an emptiness, a hurt, a lie, a word, a sentence or a lifetime of guilt and shame. That poison kills us.
And Jesus tells us. Look to me. I have become sin (2 Corinthians 5:21), I have become the curse (Galatians 3:13), I have done it all so that you can be free. Look to Jesus.
“Look unto me and be be saved”
I ask you today to look to Jesus. Be saved. Be loved. Be released. Find joy.
Look to Jesus.
I pray for you in Jesus name.