Sunday, January 1, 2012

“THE SON OF MAN MUST BE LIFTED UP” (Part 2)

  1. THE DEATH ON THE CROSS (WHY DID JESUS HAVE TO SUFFER AND TO DIE)
 Notice the words again of (John 3:14) “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, EVEN SO MUST THE SON OF MAN BE LIFTED UP”.  The reason that the Lord Jesus must be lifted up on the cross, the reason why He had to suffer and to die, was to provide salvation for poor, lost, helpless sinners.  He alone is the Savior of sinners.  You can not do one thing to merit or inherit God’s salvation.  Dear reader, what are you depending upon to get you into Heaven?  Are you depending upon your church membership, your baptism, your priest or pastor?  None of these things can save you.  You’re so called righteousness or good works can not save you.   The scripture says in (Romans 3:10) “There is none righteous, no not one”.  It says also, (Titus 3:5) “Not by works of righteousnesswhich we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us (or will save us).  


God’s “GREAT PROVISION” is in the giving of His Beloved Son.  It says this in that wonderful verse in (John 3:16) “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.  It took the perfect sacrifice of “the Lamb of God” (the Lord Jesus Christ) to meet and satisfy all the demands of a Holy and Righteous God.  It says in (Hebrews 2:9) “By the grace of God He tasted death for every man”. It says also, (1 Peter 3:18) “Christ … suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God”.  Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness.  It is a type or picture of Jesus Christ being lifted up on the cross.  When He hung upon that cross, He was bearing your heavy load of sins.  He was dying in your place, paying the price you should have paid.  Dear reader, does this touch your heart?  Have you ever considered what He did for you?  Have you ever stopped to consider that He died for you personally? 

The bitten Israelites did two things to survive their death sentence.  First, they repented of their sins.  They said in (Numbers 21:7) “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord”.  Second, they “looked and lived”.  It says in (Numbers 21:9) “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 third point we want to consider about the “lifting up”, the cross work, of the Lord Jesus Christ which we will look at in the next post.

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