Devotional Readings

Just as I Am

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. (John 3:14, 15)

Because of their sins the children of Israel were attacked by “fiery serpents” in their wilderness journey (Numbers 21). Thousands died. By divine instruction Moses made a serpent of brass and erected it upon a pole. Then all who looked upon it were healed. This was an enacted prophecy of Christ and His death for our sins.

An ill man came to his druggist and said, “Can you give me something for a bad cold?”
“Have you brought your prescription with you?” asked the druggist.
“No,” was the answer, “but I brought my cold with me to be cured.”

Often those seeking a cure for the sin disease try to bring their prescription to the Lord, but all He asks is that the sinner say:

“Just as I am, without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed for me.”

Notice, the Son of man must be lifted up, must die, if we are to live. At the cross His bitter enemies said, “He saved others; himself he cannot save” (Matt. 27:42). They never told a greater truth. To save men, He had to die. That’s why He came to this world–“to give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). And notice this: God used death, the terrible wages of sin, to destroy sin and death and to bring eternal life to all believers. A look at the brazen serpent healed the serpent’s bite. At last it will be seen that our Saviour’s death upon the cross was really the death of death.

Read today’s promise text again and emphasize the word “whosoever.” That includes all of us if we will believe.

MEDITATION PRAYER: “Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved” (Psalm 80:7).

from The Promises of God
H.M.S. Richards | Review & Herald (2004)
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