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 ETERAL 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."