Remember the story of the snakes as the children of Israel were just about to enter into Canaan? Just as the brazen snake placed high on a pole, so is Christ and His work of redemption on the cross is our only hope…
There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved – Acts 4:12
Future and hope are a promise only entered by faith – a faith that requires us to leave the old behind and embrace our new life with Christ given to us by His resurrection.
Salvation is not as easy as it sounds. To be made whole requires the means to accept pain and our struggles in life. To face them with the strength and possibly even the courage that is given by God and then to embrace the grace that makes healing even possible. Jesus modeled a different kind of salvation. He accepted pain when He could have avoided it. He offered His own life for others so that we may be lead to genuine wholeness and real hope.
Just like the children of Israel, we too need to look, in faith, to God’s antidote to our problem of sin. Jesus. It is not an antidote that we have come up with on our own, nor have we made any contribution towards it. Even if we know about what He has done, unless we trust Him, we will not be made whole. We will just as surely seal our own fate by making the decision to refuse our Forgiveness and our Hope. I thank God that the Holy Spirit, working through the Gospel, empowers us to look, believe and be healed.
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 we detest this miserable food.” Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.” So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live. Numbers 21:5-9