“And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:13-16)
Today’s Morsel: The symbol for the military Medical Corps is a serpent wrapped around a pole. This symbol was chosen by God when the children of Israel sinned and were destroyed by serpents. Scripture says,” And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.” (Numbers 21:6-9) Jesus told Nicodemus that as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, He too would be lifted up. When the children of Israel were bitten by serpents for their sins, they could live. When we are bitten by that old serpent, Satan, who tricks us and causes us to sin, we too can look to Jesus and live. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17) Greater is He that is in us!
Sing: The blood, that Jesus shed for me, way back on Calvary, it’s the blood that gives me my strength from day to day, it will never lose its power.
For it reaches, to the highest mountain, and it flows to the lowest valley, it’s the blood, that gives me strength, from day to day, it will never lose its power.
Thought For Today: The Cross still makes a difference