The Son of Man was lifted up to bring us eternal life.
If you’re new here, each week we all learn about and memorize a Bible verse together. We’ve put the verse(s) into song to help you learn the verse and recall it during your day. If you’d like to see the archives of all the verses we’ve done so far, you can find our posts here and a list of all the YouTube videos here. We’ll also be giving a family update on what has happened in the past week.
This week has been the most uneventful in a while! That means no sickness, no crazy schedules.
We looked into a business opportunity which we’re pretty excited about. This company has a great mission, and I do believe that we’ll be introducing it to you all in the future. We just need to get some details figured out, and then I think we’ll be jumping in.
Our little Z is starting to make some progress with potty training! At first it didn’t seem like it was going anywhere, but yesterday at church he said he needed a diaper change but had nothing in his diaper. So he sat on the potty. He seems to be getting the hang of this, and I’m hoping that soon we’ll only have one little one in diapers.
Scripture Memory Song
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.
John 3:14-15 (ESV)
So many people memorize the verse immediately after this one – heck even many non-Christians know it or at least know of it – but so many ignore the verses surrounding that ever-popular verse despite the fact that they have some very good content. Here, John gives us some insight into the prophetic nature of Moses’ action of lifting the bronze serpent up to save the people suffering from the inflictions that the real serpents caused them.
Apart from the parallelism of raising both the bronze serpent and Jesus up, there is another interesting parallel between the two stories. In Moses’ story, the Israelites asked to have the snakes taken away, but instead God offers a way for the people to have the consequences taken away. Same with our sin. God didn’t take sin out of the world. Instead he offered a way to free us from the guilt and eternal damnation that we deserve. This may seem cruel, but in order to take sin out of the world, I believe he would have needed to take away free will, and if we didn’t have free will, we wouldn’t be human anymore.
As mush as it sucks to be stuck in a world of sin, I’m grateful for what the Lord has done for us and that I’m not a robot devoid of free will.