Look Up

In Numbers 21:4-9, the children of Israel rebelled against God and were punished for their sins by being bitten by fiery serpents. Many people died. Moses interceded on behalf of the people, and God provided a remedy, salvation, for them. He told Moses to make a brass serpent and lift it up for everyone to see. If they looked up at the brass serpent, any person bitten would be immediately healed.
John 3:14-15 “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.”
“Lifted up” has a dual meaning: to be crucified, glorified, and exalted. Just as the brass serpent was lifted up on the pole by Moses to save the people from dying, the Son of God would be lifted up on a cross to save mankind from sin and death. Both of these actions are done by faith. Faith by believing in Jesus Christ and looking to Him as our salvation.
In his New Testament Volume 1 Commentary, Warren Wiersbe retells a story of a young man unable to travel to his usual church due to a snowstorm. Upon hearing a text from Isaiah 45:22, “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth.” This teenager had been under deep conviction for many months and struggled within himself, although he had been raised in the church. The minister repeatedly quoted this verse, noticed the young man, pointed to him, and said, “Young man, you look very miserable. Young man, look to Jesus Christ!” The young man, by faith, looked to Jesus, and that is how the great preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, was converted to Christ.
If you have been searching, look no further, but look up! Look to Jesus Christ, The One who came to be lifted up on the cross to give His life for your salvation! God loved you and me so much that He gave His only Son as the perfect and final sacrifice for the sins of the world. Are you miserable? Full of doubt? Look up in faith and believe. Look to Jesus Christ and be saved!
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