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As Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert (John 3:12-18)Eric Peterman, April 8, 2018
Part of the The Cross of Christ series, taught at a Sunday Morning service
Jesus told Nicodemus, as recorded in John 3, that "just as (in the same manner) Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert" - so that every sin-striken, deadly snake-bit, helpless Israelite who merely looked in faith to the serpent lifted up on a stake and made to look as if it were a deadly live one, so the son of Man must be lifted up so that whoever believes/looks to him will have eternal life. Jesus here tells us what saving faith is, and is not here.
He also tells us in the same breath what, "God SO loved the world" means in v16.
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12If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 13And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (KJV)