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The Serpent and the Savior

The Serpent and the Savior

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
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 SERPET AD THE SAVIOR

BY REV. S. P. LOG, A. M
GOOD FRIDAY.
John 3:14-15.
AD 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 SERPET AD 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
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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 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."
Jesus, too, looked much like another man, but He was
no sinner. He was the God-man — God — ^ able to pay
the debt of a lost world — sinless man — willing to die
and be our Substitute. He was lifted up alive, but
taken down dead, and icodemus helped. As the dead
serpent of brass helped in the wilderness as a type of
Christ, so we must look up at the dead Lamb of God to
be saved. ^'Look unto Me, all the ends of the earth, and
be ye saved, for I am God and there is none else.'' ot
by our own merits, not by our own righteousness, not
by anything that we can do are we saved, but alone by
the look of faith at Christ on the cross. "And I, if I
be lifted up, shall draw all men unto Me." "In my
hands no price I bring; simply to Thy cross I cling."
Like Bunyan's Pilgrim, look at the cross till the bundle
of your sins falls off and rolls down into a deep grave —
where Jesus slept, and rose again. Amen!
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