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12/26/2014

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God Gave His Son


"The Lord said to Moses, 'Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.' So Moses made a bronze snake and put it on a pole. Then anyone who was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, he lived" (Num.21:8-9).

While He was interacting with His people between Abraham and the coming of John the Baptist, God in various ways foreshadowed the event that would mean the saving of the human race. One interesting example is found in today's verses. During the wilderness journey, the people were disobedient and bitten by poisonous snakes. God had Moses make a bronze serpent and put it on a pole so that the people who had been bitten would not die. God impressed upon the people that suffering resulted from sin and that He, by His grace, saved them in spite of sin. More than 1,000 years later, Jesus told His generation that the bronze serpent set up by Moses had been "a type" of Himself... God had foreshadowed the grace He would display when the Son of Man was "lifted up" from the earth. (Jn.3:14-15) In one sense, the lifting up of Jesus was literal. He was lifted up on the cross, but the words can be used in another sense. A person is lifted up by honor, praise, or acclamation. In John's Gospel, "lifted up" seems to be used in a double sense... Jesus was lifted up when He was crucified, but the humiliation was at the same time His exaltation.. The apostle Paul wrote: "For though He was crucified in weakness,...... yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you" (2 Cor.1:3-4) The defeat of Jesus on the cross was His triumph and glory... God's plan to save man from the very beginning has been driven by His love... Embrace it...

Have a great day... Go about doing good... Love mark Phil.4:11

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