Summary: Jesus Christ stated as recorded in John 12:32, that if He were lifted up He would draw all peoples to Himself. In John 3, we see the Lord giving Nicodemus an Old Testament picture of this truth calling for the focus of our faith to be fixed on Calvary.
Lifted Up John 3:14-18
Paul in speaking to the Corinthian church declares that his sole focus is upon Jesus Christ and His work on the cross. Jesus Christ stated as recorded in John 12:32, that if He were lifted up He would draw all peoples to Himself. In John 3, we see the Lord giving Nicodemus an Old Testament picture of this truth calling for the focus of our faith to be fixed on Calvary. It would do us good to look at this account. Please turn to Numbers 21…
I. The Sin of Israel –
• Numbers 21:4-5 “Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.”
A. Sin is rebellion against God. The people became impatient because things were not going the way THEY want. They began to complain and murmur. They spoke against God’s appointed leadership and against God.
B. Isaiah 30:1 "Woe to the rebellious children," says the LORD, "Who take counsel, but not of Me, and who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, That they may add sin to sin.”
C. Sin is a willful rejection of God’s will and God’s direction.
D. James 4:17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
E. Sin is the greatest evil in all the world, 'tis the only thing that God abhors, and that brought Jesus Christ to the cross, that damns souls, that shuts heaven, and that has laid the foundation of hell.
F. One sin, even one! - is the "dead fly, that makes the apothecary's ointment to stink"
II. The Consequence of their Sin –
• Numbers 21:6 “And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.”
A. The Wrath of God
1. Romans 1:18 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men...”
2. Romans 6:23a “For the wages of sin is death...”
3. Years ago, the Hollywood figure who perhaps was most closely identified with God was Charlton Heston, whose commanding portrayal of godly men in The Ten Commandments and Ben Hur evoked images of a powerful, sovereign God who reigns with a mighty hand and perfect justice. Today, it’s people like Touched By An Angel’s Roma Downey, whose angelic words, "God loves you," transform down-and-out TV characters’ lives each week. The change is telling, isn't it? We have moved far away from any understanding of God as just, powerful, and righteous.. We have focused on God's forgiveness—but we've forgotten the fact that God's righteousness demands that sin be condemned.
4. Ezekiel 18:4 “…The soul who sins shall die.”
5. Sin is the antithesis of everything that God is. Sin is repugnant to a holy God. As a holy God, He must punish sin.