PROVISON OF SALVATION

"The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, 'Behold, xthe Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, a‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me' " John 1:29,30

Leslie M.  John

“The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold, xthe Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, a‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me’ ” John 1:29,30

The children of Israel murmured ovre and over against the Almighty God while they were on their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land Canaan. God knew of their failures and warned them several times. He even chastised them in order that they may come back to Him.

“…they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said, I will pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt” (Ezekiel 20:8)

Although God did miracles and delivered them from the bondage of slavery for 400 years in Egypt under Pharaoh, and led them through the wilderness by providing them heavenly ‘manna’ as their food, and protecting them during day by pillar of cloud, and during night by pillar of fire, leading them the way they should go, yet they angered the LORD by rebelling against Him (Exodus 13:21). They did not hearken unto God.

The LORD sent fiery serpents among the children of Israel for speaking against Him and His servant Moses. The serpents bit them and many fell to the ground and were about lose their lives. However, when they repented of their rebellion agaisnt God and His servant, Moses, by requesting the latter to pray to God on behalf of them, he did intercede on behalf of them to the LORD.

The LORD God answered Moses’ prayer. As per the commandment of God Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole. Whoever of those bitten by serpents looked at the serpent of brass lived. (Numbers 21:8-10).

The rebellious people, who spoke against the LORD and agaisnt the servant of God, received comapassion and grace from the Almighty God, who saved them from perishing. It is by obedience to the word of the LORD God that they looked at the brazen serpent and by doing so, they were saved. They obeyed God’s commandment and their obedience was counted as righteousness for them.

God honored their obedience and faith and gave them life. John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus Christ, recollects this provision when he spoke about the Lord and the provision of salvation in John 3:14-15. He pointed to the Son of God, whom he identified as “the lamb of God”, and said the Lord will save people from their sin.

“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)

Jesus is our Lord, born of the Virgin Mary when the Holy Spirit came upon her and the power of the Mose High overshadowed her. The Lord was also called the Son of Man. He dwelt among us in flesh.

“And the angel answered her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God’ “. Luke 1:35

John the Baptist said that He must be lifted up just as the brazen serpent was lifted up in the wilderness in order that “whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life” Jesus was lifted up on the cross and he died for us bearing our sin and He was raised to life from the dead on the third day.

We should, therefore, be looking unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. He endured the cross with joy despising shame. He died for our sake, rose from the dead on the third day, ascended into heaven, and seated on the right hand of the Father. Bible says that if a man is not born-again, he will not see the Kingdom of God. For everyone, who did not yet receive salvation, it is necessary, ttherefore, that one must receive Jesus as personal savior by faith in him. (Hebrews 1:3 and 12:2)

The Lord says: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28)