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Keep Us Near the Cross

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.

John 3:14-15

Keep Us Near the Cross

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Numbers 21:5-9

Luke 24:13-35

Jesus with the men on the road to Emmaus

In Numbers 21, there was rebellion happening among of the people

The people were questioning Moses and ultimately questioning God

The people were against His word

They were complaining about what they were being fed

Manna is the bread that came down from Heaven.

Jesus is also the Bread of Life

The way were are led and fed need to come from God

God is trying to get our attention in the midst of the crisis in the world

There are people that don’t want to read and accept God’s Word.

They want to be their own boss and their own way

Numbers 21:6 – Retribution

God is Holy and He judges sin

In the Bible the serpent has been a symbol of sin

Fiery serpents – Serpents that were poisonous and caused immense pain

There are always consequences of sin

Many of Israel died in this judgement of God

There is a penalty for sin

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal through Jesus Christ our Lord

James 1:14-15 – The progression of sin

We are all sinners. We are saved by grace and not of works

Numbers 21:7-8 – The Remedy

Moses prayed for the people and appealed for them to God.

The people had come to Moses saying they had sinned and that God take away the serpents

Numbers 21:8-9

God told Moses to make a serpent of brass and put it on a pole. If people looked upon the serpent that was held up they would be healed.

Much like the Son of Man was lifted up on the cross and died for our sins and all they look upon Him and believe in Him will be saved

John 3:14

Jesus is the only remedy

Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

The Remedy was sufficient

It met the needs of people of Israel

Jesus is the solution and the remedy that completely satisfies God

The greatest need in America is that the people came back to God and come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior

We need to look at the cross and ask ourselves, Why is Jesus on it?

Romans 6:23

1 Corinthians 1:18-21

Matthew 11:25

Luke 10:2

Mark 12:37

Isaiah 35:8

John 3:16

It’s not heritage or inheritance or through our parents that we find salvation.

Its not enough to church to find salvation

People can use excuses against the church or to God.

But that is no excuse as it their responsibility before God to accept His gift of salvation.

The church is full of sinners as well, but they are saved by grace through Jesus.

May you trust in Jesus with all your heart.

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.