What's Easter Really All About?
INTRODUCTION: This Bible text is inexhaustible! All the highways of divine truths meet in this metropolis. It is the hub of all revealed truth. With that being said, ''You can't teach a person what they already know. It's like attempting to push a string.'' (Marty Benton)
The context of John 3:16 is that of a conversation of Jesus with a religious leader by the name of Nicodemus, an expert (scholar) in the Scriptures. William Barclay said, ''All great men have had their favorite texts; but this has been called 'Everybody's text.' Herein for every simple heart is the very essence of the gospel.'' Augustine said, ''God loves each one of us as if there was only one of us to love.''
Note Jesus' Old Testament illustration to Nicodemus:
John 3:14, ''And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up''
This is a quote from Numbers 21:5-9; an event that took place during the 40 years of wilderness wandering. As a judgment upon the people's disobedience, the Lord sent venomous snakes to infest their camp. Moses interceded on their behalf. Moses' prayer was answered with a display of divine grace as God showed mercy to His rebellious people. He instructed Moses to make a bronze replica of a snake and raise it above the camp on a pole. Those who were bitten would be healed if they but looked at it, thereby acknowledging their guilt and expressing faith in God's forgiveness and healing power.
What a picture of man's forgiveness/salvation as a result of God's sacrificial gift.
The stricken Israelites were cured by obediently looking apart from any works of righteousness on their own in hope and dependence of God's Word at the elevated bronze serpent. Jesus was saying to Nicodemus, in the same way, whoever looks in faith alone to the crucified Christ will be cured from sin's deadly bite and will in Him have eternal life.
This is a picture of Amazing Gra ...
There are 7568 characters in the full content. This excerpt only shows a 2000 character sample of the full content.