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The Serpent and the Savior

The Serpent and the Savior

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BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M

GOOD FRIDAY.


John 3:14-15.

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 hfe.
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M

GOOD FRIDAY.


John 3:14-15.

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 hfe.

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THE SERPET AD THE SAVIOR BY REV. S. P. LOG, A. M GOOD FRIDAY. John 3:14-15. AD 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 hfe. Sanctify us, O Lord, through Thy truth : Thy Word is truth. Amen. Beloved in Christ: The first promise of a Savior was made to the old serpent, the devil. Gen. 3 :15. Side by side throughout the Bible and in universal history you will find the trail of the serpent and the path of the Savior. This morn- ing we stand on Calvary's hill and behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world, bleeding and dying on the cross, and the old serpent is there, too. Let us not lose sight of THE SERPET AD THE SAVIOR. May God open our eyes now to behold both of these in the days of Moses, and the days of icodemus. I. Let us first behold the serpent and the Savior in the days of Moses. There were three kinds of serpents in the camp of Moses. When we read the history of the fall of man and of the conduct of the children of Israel in the wilderness,
 
it is not hard to discover the trail of the same serpent in the garden of Eden and on the way from Egypt to Canaan. That same old serpent that caused Cain to kill 376 GOOD FRIDAY. 377 Abel also caused the children of Israel to rebel against Moses and God. As a result God sent fiery serpents to strike their deadly, poisonous fangs into the rebels until one by one they died in agony. Then they saw their mistake. Then they called for Moses to pray for them. Then they con- fessed their sins and begged for mercy. Why could they not see their wrongs when God was feeding them with bread from heaven? Why must God shake man over the abyss of hell before he will open his eyes to see? Why can we not see our duty when God blesses us? God saw their agony and heard their confession and prayers and then gave orders to Moses to make a serpent of brass and put it on a pole and lift it up in the wilderness and ask the bitten ones to look at it and be healed. This brazen serpent, says Jesus, Avas a type of Him- self. That brass could not help, but Jesus was there in the camp — ''Jesus Christ, yesterday, todaj', and forever." The Israelites rebelled against Moses and against God in the wilderness. In short, they rejected Jesus Christ Him- self at that time. Jesus taught them then and there that they must be saved b}^ death. Bitten by the serpents, they were filled with the poison of serpents and had to look at a dead serpent to get help. From a distance tne serpent of brass on the pole looked just like the serpents running along on the camp ground, but closer investiga- tion showed that it was a brazen serpent without life. Please remember right here that nothing could save the
 
bitten people at this hour but a look at the serpent of death ! Just a look — nothing more and nothing else. If any one thought a look could do no good, and would not look, he died and there was no help for him. II. ow let us come over to the days of Mcodemus. In the days of this ruler the serpent and the Savior were in Jerusalem. The trail of the serpent and the promise of the Savior run side by side through the Old Testa- ment. At first Satan seems to be an ordinary serpent, but in the days of Job he is seen as Satan indeed. At first the promise of Jesus seems to point to an ordinary child, but in the davs of Job He is alreadv known as the 378 THE ETERAL EPISTLE. Kedeemer. In the days of Mcodemus Satan was no longer hiding his serpent nature. Then he was possess- ing men as never before. During the ministry of Jesus Christ the very powers of hell were turned loose. Then he not only possessed ordinary men, women and chil- dren, but the religious leaders. When the Pharisees, Sadducees and scribes fight Jesus during His ministry, when the hard-hearted mob stands around Jesus and spits in His face, and buffets Him, and slaps Him and scourges Him, and crowns Him with the crown of thorns, and cry out Crucify Him! Crucify Him! I say when we see and hear all this, we almost see the fiery serpents shoot out their tongues! As the serpent and the ser- pents were in the wilderness, so they were in Jerusalem that time when Jesus was teaching icodemus the neces- sity of the new birth. icodemus could not understand this great mystery. It was not necessary for him to un- derstand it. Israel did not understand either how look- ing at a serpent of brass upon a pole could help when they were dying of serpent bites, but it did help, and ^'so must the Son of man be lifted up that whosoever be- lieveth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."

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