SELAH Daily Devotions!
Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up. John 3:14
Suspended between the heavens and the earth, stood an old rugged cross poised as an emblem of suffering and shame! While an arduous structure in its own rite, it was not the most prominent piece in this view of the Jerusalem countryside. Neither was it the soldiers, the sky nor the rock-laden landscape that captured the attention of the passers-by. But nailed to the center of the Altar was The Sacrificial Lamb of God—Jesus—The Son of Man!
Looking up from the earth, some saw The Messiah, sent from God to a people lost and perishing in their sin; helplessly and hopelessly destined for death. While others saw traitor, a wine-bibblier, Law-Breaking Blasphemer! And yet, some saw the only One capable of acquiring our Salvation—our Kinsman Redeemer! And the only Hope for rescue was to, by faith, look upon HIM (as God had so ordained), acknowledging your own guilt for trespassing against God’s righteous commands, with a sincere-repenting-desire to be delivered from the curse and penalty imposed by The Creator for our rebellious acts. (Ref. Romans 6:23)
Looking down from The Throne of Majestic Glory, Grace and Mercy, gazing upon the beaten-torn-bloody body of the Righteous Savior, was The Father of All Comfort, cringing yet accepting the Self-Sacrificial Atoning Death of His First-Begotten, as propitiation for our unrighteousness and as a sign of our faith that only God can forgive, heal and restore sin-ridden humanity back into right-standing with The Eternal Judge.
As the brazen serpent Moses hung in the wilderness as an innocent representative of the the same self-tempting deceiving-culprit who showed up in The Garden of Eden (Ref. Genesis 3) so was Jesus, The Sinless, hung shamefully cursed; bearing the penalty of sin for all generations of human-kind upon His own body, once and for all; that we might live free eternally in The House of our King! (Ref. Numbers 21:9)
Many of us yet marvel at such Amazing Grace displayed towards us, while others say relying on a dead Jew, crucified over two thousand years ago to determine your eternal destination, is sheer foolishness!
WHAT’S YOUR VIEW? #juswondering
Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!