As Nicodemus and Jesus continued their discussion, he was given some more information. It was easy for them to have this intense conversation because Nicodemus didn’t come during the daytime when everyone was up and about; he came to see Jesus at night. This man was educated in the things that pertain to God but did not have a relationship with Him.
Nicodemus acknowledged that God was with Jesus and he had a desire to draw closer to God even if he had to meet with this man that the rulers believed was a troublemaker. So Jesus continued to reveal God’s plan for mankind in His conversation with Nicodemus. Jesus said, “And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.” (John 3:15).
Jesus, the master teacher, started with something he knew to introduce the new concept. As a religious teacher, Nicodemus knew about the situation in the wilderness where God punished His people for complaining against Him and Moses. When the people realized that their behavior brought consequences from God; they asked Moses to go to God on their behalf and God told him, “Make a replica of a poisonous snake and attach it to a pole. All who are bitten will live if they simply look at it!” (Numbers 21:8)
Here Jesus was talking about what would happen in the future. Those people in the wilderness were saved from physical death when they looked at the replica of the snake on a pole. Jesus knew that He would be placed on a cross and when people looked to Him they would be saved from eternal death. Jesus went to that cross and anyone who looks to Him and believes in Him has eternal life.
Feature of the Week: God’s Word in my Heart Women’s Journal.
Thought for Today: Friend, you too can look and live.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.