Summary: Comparing the old with the new, As the Serpent was lifted up for a cure, Jesus was lifted up for our sins.
As Moses Lifted up the Serpent
John 3: 14/21
In these scriptures that I have read, we see the “heavenly things,” as before the earthly. But it is under a veil, and this is what Nicodemus didn’t understand about being born again. This is what Jesus had reference to in John chapter three and verse twelve, “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how you will believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?”
Paul stated in the book of Romans chapter fifteen and verse four, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
For an example, Jesus said, ‘As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the coming of the Son of man.” This is the reason that the word of God is such an amazing book. It gives to us, patterns, examples, types and shadows.
Because of sin, Jesus Christ came to redeem the lost by His death on the cross, while the children of Israel, stung by fiery serpents, were cured by looking to the Brazen Serpent. In these two events we observe the deadly and destructive nature of sin.
Ask the awakened consciences; ask the doomed sinners, they will tell you, regardless of how charming the allurements of sin may be, it bites like a snake. So Israel must we must look and be saved, and we must lift our eyes in faith to the Cross of Calvary.
The Brazen Serpent was God’s gift to Israel, and the shed blood of Jesus Christ; was God gift to mankind, and that my friend is the good news of the gospel.
The crucifixion of the Messiah is mentioned twice after Jesus spoke of heavenly things. We see it in the term “lifted up” in John chapter eight and verse twenty-eight, Jesus said, “When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.”
And in John chapter twelve and verse thirty-two, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die.”
These scriptures give clarity to that which was veiled, concerning the Brazen Serpent, and the cross on which Jesus would die.
The venom of the fiery serpents, shooting through the veins of the rebellious Israelites, was spreading death in the camp. As the sins of Adam passed the sentence death on the human race.
In both cases the remedy was divinely provided. The Serpent of Brass lifted up on a pole for Israel and Jesus was lifted upon a rugged cross for the sinner.
The Israelites who were bitten by a fiery serpent would be cured by viewing the Brazen Serpent. There is always a remedy if man will search for it, and when we seek Him with all our heart we will find Him.
So by one man’s sin came death and by another Man’s sacrifice came life “in the likeness of sinful flesh.” “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.”