October 05, 2020 – Monday
John 3:13-15 NIV
13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.
14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in Him.
Last week, on Friday, we covered the three prior verses 10-12, which you may find here with comments. Today we focus on Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in Him. Of course these are Jesus’ words as well as the preceding verse, No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man, today and those on Friday.
The question is, “What is Jesus telling us with these two statements?” His first statement is to answer the question posed in Proverbs 30:4, Who has gone up to heaven and come down? The answer when Proverbs was written was no one. Jesus is telling Nicodemus the answer is no longer no one, but that the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man, Jesus Himself. In answering this Jesus also answers the remainders of the questions in Proverbs 30:4, Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know! He and His Son are one and the Son’s name is Jesus.
As we look at the last two verses, the last statement we need to remember when Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness. It was when a plague of snakes was biting and killing many of the Israelites who had rebelled against God and Moses. In answer to Moses prayer we have Numbers 21:8-9, The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So 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. Jesus would be lifted up on the cross as well as being lifted up as our Lord and Savior who died for our sins so that anyone who believes in Him would have salvation – eternal life.
Looking at the last part of the second statement that everyone who believes may have eternal life in Him, two things jump out. First, anyone who believes may have eternal life in Him. Second, the eternal life is in Him. Here we see the fulness and freeness of the gospel. Everyone may come and be saved! The who believes is clearly about believing in Jesus as the one who offers salvation. This is the point being made to Nicodemus and will be made even clearer in the next three verses which we cover tomorrow.
Jesus is explaining to Nicodemus, salvation – eternal life is here for everyone and it is through Him and Him alone. And it comes through belief, believing in Him. Nothing less. Nothing more. Jesus is the source of eternal life. Spend all the time you want in the Gospels and you will find there is only one path to eternal life, to salvation and that path is Jesus. He is to be the focus of our faith and our belief. Nothing more, nothing less.