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Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived. Numbers 21:9
What a day to read this passage, Ash Wednesday. God’s people complained and He sent snakes. As the people were bitten and died they looked to God again. The antidote?—a snake on a pole. Fast forward to the first century and Paul points to the powerful gospel that is for ALL people—look to the snake on the cross and you are saved. This is the irony, that we must see Jesus, who never sinned, to actually be the image of sin on the cross. I think to the words of Isaiah, “God has laid on him the iniquities (sins) of us all.” This is the day for us to look to the cross and see the tremendous love of God and be humbled AND healed. God has done this for you and me.