And I, if I be lifted up
John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.”
Jesus is speaking about His coming death on the cross….lifted up, between earth and heaven….for whosoever will, to see and believe:
His suffering and agony, His blood, the title above His head (written in several languages) “the King of the Jews”, and His death.
In apparent defeat,…..He would come into a position to draw all men unto Him by the power of His sacrifice, and resurrection.
He was the Son of God, who died to take away the sins of the world.
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
John 3:14-15 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
“Life” is what is promised to those who turn, believing, to Christ Jesus.
John 10:10 “…..: I am come that they might have life, and they might have it more abundantly.”
As “Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness”…..this is when the children of Israel, which were bitten by the “fiery servants”;…..and were cured and “lived” by looking up to the brass serpent, Moses stuck on a pole in the middle of the camp of Israel.
(The story: Israel was nearing their journey’s end….but discouragement lead them to murmur and complain.
Now to complain about the hardness of the journey, was one thing….but they said, “…our soul loatheth this light bread.”
They brought the manna, into their arguement with God’s Ways.
Manna was that heavenly bread (it was small grain which tasted of wafers made with honey Exodus 16:31)…..sent day by day for their needs.
But they complained of the Way…..then loathed the goodness of God; a very serious thing.
So God sent fiery serpents to bite the people and many of them died.
[How many times have I complained to God about something….then…things got a lot worse;……and I realized how blessed I had been, before.
How many times have I had to confess this murmuring spirit of mine.]
They confessed their sin….but there was no cure for the bites….until God told Moses:
Numbers 21:8-9 “And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that everyone that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole; and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.”
It required them to believe God, and look up to the provision He made. When they did, they were healed.
[It was a serpent of brass….taking on the form of the curse….but having no poison, no sting….which represents Christ. He took our sin on Him, though He knew no sin, that we might be the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21])
And if we believe God, and look up to Christ Jesus, we are healed from sin and it’s destructive power upon us…..and are saved.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
Eternal Life is a condition of life, began when we were born again…..and going on through this life, and all eternity, with God.
And every time we murmur or complain….and are chastened for it….we can look up and believe our blessed Lord again…..for He will heal our hearts, and minds….if we look again to Him.
Christ Jesus came to save all who will come to Him…..and believing is coming.
Will you look up to Christ, and live?