Words from the Heart for Monday March 6th, 2017
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 3:14-15 (NLT)
As Jesus spoke with one man about accepting Him as Saviour and Lord, He talked about the time in history when Moses was told to lift up a bronze snake on a pole. This obedience saved the people from the deadly result of their disobedience. Jesus did the same for us on the cross. His obedience saves us from the eternal penalty of our sin.
Each day thousands of cars travel across the Burlington Skyway Bridge that passes high above the Burlington canal, the man made river that connects Burlington Bay to Lake Ontario. The canal first opened in 1826 and has been widened a number of times over the years, and now provides the massive ships that ply the St. Lawrence Seaway access to the Hamilton harbour. The lift bridge carries local traffic, linking Hamilton and Burlington Beaches. Built in 1962, it is the sixth bridge spanning the canal since 1830. The bridge structure is a tower driven, vertical lift and moveable bridge. The lift span is 116 metres long, weighs 1,996 tonnes, has a vertical lift of 33.5 metres and is lifted each time a vessel needs to pass through the canal. Small pleasure craft, kayaks and canoes pass easily beneath the bridge without it needing to be lifted.
God delivered the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt. And almost as soon as He brought them across the Red Sea out of Egypt, they began to bellyache. Numbers 21 tells us that the people said to Moses, and to God, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” God needed to get their attention, so He sends some snakes, and it works. Getting bitten by fiery snakes would work for me, for sure! Immediately, in repentance, they ask Moses to ask God to stop with the snakes. The Lord tells Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live. So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.” So Moses does, and the people’s hearts turn back to God. So much of the Old Testament points to Jesus, and this certainly does. Jesus would allude to it in John 3:14-15: “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.” Jesus takes the poison of sin out of the life of all who trust in Him? Have you?
These have been words from the heart.