Brazen Serpent | Devotion 4: Come to Jesus Moment
Pastor Ryan and Cathy Story
Have you ever had what you would consider a “come to Jesus moment” with someone? This may have been with one of your children, a family member, or even someone at work. This statement can be used to describe situations where people have a serious or truth revealing conversation. The English language has many statements where we describe situations or things in one way but do not mean those words literally. There are times where these figurative language statements could not be true. When someone says that it is raining cats and dogs, you would not expect actually to see cats or dogs falling from the sky. While the statement that someone had a come to Jesus moment could be figurative, John 3:14-16 shows us the importance of using this statement in a literal context.
While many people are able to quote John 3:16 from memory, not as many people are able to quote verses 14 and 15. John 3:14-16 writes, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
In Numbers chapter 21, Moses was commanded to place the bronze serpent on the pole. To be saved from death caused by the fiery serpents, one had to look to the bronze serpent. John 3:14 tells us that in this same way, “The Son of Man [is to] be lifted up.” Just as looking at the serpent on the pole saved lives, looking to Jesus on the cross saves us when we believe. For this to happen, we need to have literal come to Jesus moments.
The Bible frequently writes about us coming to Jesus. In Matthew 11:28, it is written, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” John 6:37 adds, “Whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” Matthew 19:14 says, “But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me.’”
Although we have an open invitation to come to Jesus, there are people who decline this invitation. Some feel that they need to get their lives “right” before they can come. Others feel too busy to take time to come to Jesus. Others are simply unsure of how to come to Jesus. We are able to come to Jesus in many different ways. Through prayer, fasting, reading God’s word, worship, and fellowship, we can come to Jesus. While there may still be times we have these figurative “come to Jesus moments” with others, as believers we must make sure we have literal moments of us coming to Jesus to grow deeper with Him. God has called us, He is calling us, and even for those who may be resisting the call, He will continue to call you. His desire is for us to come to know Him in a personal way, through the death of His Son on a cross.