Brazen Serpent | Devotion 5: Look for Jesus
Reading the Old Testament can be hard. I struggle through chapters and verses like everyone else. However, I have found the key to reading and studying the Old Testament – look for Jesus! The whole Old Testament is filled with pictures of Jesus and mankind’s desperate need for a savior. That savior is Jesus. I love how the New Testament writers inspired by God used Old Testament verses and stories to prove that Jesus is the answer.
Could you imagine growing up your whole life being forced to study and learn the Old Testament? You know all the stories and laws by heart and your life is built around what the laws, thoughts, and stories say. Then a guy, John, who was a follower of Jesus writes in John 3:14-16, “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.”
The story John is describing in these verses is found in Numbers 21:4-9. God sent fiery snakes to bite and kill the people of Israel as punishment for their sins and dumb things they did. Verse 6 says that many people died. However, God gave the people a way to save themselves from death after being bit by one of these fiery snakes. God had Moses build a bronze statue of one of the fiery snakes, and if you got bit all you had to do was look at the statue, and you would survive.
Remember, when I told you to look for Jesus? I hope this story sounds familiar. Our Savior Jesus, the Son of Man, was lifted up on the cross and died for our sins. When we look to the cross and believe Jesus died, was buried, and rose again, we will be saved from death and eternal damnation.
Jesus is the key to the whole Bible. He is the fulfiller, author, and finisher. The whole Bible is about Him and for Him. Look for Jesus!