Sunday, January 1, 2012

“THE SON OF MAN MUST BE LIFTED UP” (Part 1)

Here in (John 3:14-15) it says that “THE SON OF MAN MUST BE LIFTED UP”.  This is a “divine imperative” in the Word of God.  It is something that is absolutely necessary.  He must be lifted up.  We should first identify the person who is called the “son of man”.  The phrase “son of man” is found many times in the Old Testament scriptures.  It means man on the earth with all his weakness and frailty that is inherent in human nature.  In (John 3:14) the title “Son of Man” refers to the Lord Jesus Christ”.  He takes this title and thus identifies Himself with humanity.  In the New Testament, “the Son of man” is the designation that Christ most frequently applied to Himself while here on earth.  It relates Him to the earth and establishes His absolute identification with mankind.  He was truly man naturally and physically like that of all men.  But, He is also truly God being the Son of God.  While here on Earth, He was both God and man in one person.  It says in (1 Timothy3:16) “Great is the mystery of godliness, God was manifest in the flesh”.  His humanity was perfect morally, possessing the quality of sinless ness, unlike that of any other man.  Since “THE SON OF MAN MUST BE LIFTED UP” there are three things we want to consider about the “lifting up”, the cross work, of the Lord Jesus Christ, as found in (John 3:14, 15).  In this four part series we will look at the following:

1.       THE NECESSITY OF THE CROSS (WHY MUST HE BE LIFTED UP)
2.     THE DEATH ON THE CROSS (WHY DID HE HAVE TO SUFFER AND DIE)
3.     THE BLESSING OF THE CROSS (SALVATION FOR EVERYONE THAT BELIEVES)

  1. THE NECESSITY OF THE CROSS (WHY MUST HE BE LIFTED UP)
The cross was an absolute necessity. HE MUST BE LIFTED UP.  An investigation of (John 3:14) will help understand why this is so.  It says in this verse,As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up”.  The reference to the story of Moses is found in the Old Testament scriptures, in the book of (Numbers 21:4-9).  This passage can be considered by its revelation of “3 GREAT THINGS”.  These are as follows;

  • There was a “GREAT SIN” that was committed.  The children of Israel were passing through the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land.  The people became grieved or discouraged because of their journey.  They complained to God about their circumstances and about the provision that God provided for them.  They said “our soul loatheth this light bread” (the manna from Heaven).  The “manna or bread from heaven” is a type or picture of Christ. To complain against God’s leading and God’s provision was to complain against God Himself.  This was their “Great Sin”.  It is a picture of man’s rejection of God’s Son and God’s Savior, the one who is called “the true bread from Heaven” (John 6:32, 33).  My friend, have you ever received Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?  If not, you are rejecting Him.  Neutral you can not be.  You have either received Him or you are rejecting Him.

  • Their “great sin” resulted in a “GREAT NEED”.  It says in (Numbers 21:6) “The Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, and much people of Israel died.”  The people sinned against the Lord.  Their sin brought them death.  It says in (Romans 6:23) “The wages of sin is death”.  It says also in (Ezekiel 18:20) “The soul that sinneth, it shall die”. You and I have sinned against God because it says in (Romans3:23)”All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”.  Like the children of Israel, you too, have a “GREAT NEED”.  Ahead is death and judgment. (Hebrews 9:27)” It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”.  Men and women have been “bitten by the viper of sin” and are condemned to eternal death.  Your “great need” is salvation and deliverance from the wrath to come.

  • The “great sin” that resulted in the “great need” of the people led God to make a “GREAT PROVISION”.  It says in (Numbers 21:8,9) “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”.  “It came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived”.  This leads us to the second point we want to consider regarding the cross work of the Lord Jesus Christ which we will look at in the next post.

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