Numbers 21:6-9 and John 3:16-18
(Numbers 21:6-9; John 3:14-18)
Correlations between the serpent in the desert and the gospel of Jesus Christ
1. The Bite
a. The poison of the bite was deadly.
The wages of our sin is death.
b. Their only hope was if God was to intervene.
If God doesn't act, we die.
c. The bronze serpent was lifted up on a pole.
Christ was lifted up on the cross.
2. The bronze serpent symbolizes Christ.
It had the likeness of a serpent, but not the poison.
Jesus took on the likeness of sinful flesh, even though He had never sinned.
3. The Israelites looking in the serpent symbolizes sinners believing on Christ.
a. The Israelite had to feel himself stung.
We need to feel the sting of our sin.
b. The Israelite was healed by looking upon the serpent.
We are saved by looking to Christ.
There must be trusting, saving faith.
4. The Results
For the Israelite, the poison had to be removed.
When a sinner looks to Christ, a change takes place.
The cross is a symbol, but is not to be an idol.
Ways the serpent and Christ are not alike
1. For the Christian, the effects are eternal.
2. When we look to Christ, Jesus looks back at us.