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NEHUSHTAN – JOHN 3:13-21
NEHUSHTAN – JOHN 3:13-21
NEHUSHTAN – JOHN 3:13-21 By: PASTOR ABRAHAM BASCON
A. We find Jesus and Nicodemus having a conversation about two different subjects in JOHN 3:1-21. The two subjects are:
1. Qualification for the seeing and the entering of the Kingdom of God.
2. The comparison between Moses lifting up of the serpent in the wilderness; and, the Son of Man being lifted up (vs.13-21).
I want to concentrate and elaborate on the second conversation Jesus is
having with Nicodemus.
Vs. 13, Jesus explains to Nicodemus, there is only one person who ascended and descended from heaven, the Son of Man who is in fact in Heaven.
a. Vs.13, sounds like a contradiction, but it isn’t.
Understanding vs.13 requires the reading of these scriptures (MATT. 17:1-9, 22-23).
(1) The foregoing scriptures without a doubt, concludes that Jesus is the Son of God, who is the Son of Man.
(2) 1 JOHN 5:20 says that Jesus is God. (COL. 1:19; 2:9)
(3) As God, He can be everywhere, all at the same time because He is omniscient.
3. Vs.14, Jesus is explaining to Nicodemus, a teacher of the Jews (vs.10), that as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness (Num. 21:4-9), even so, must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him, should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
B. a. Of course, Nicodemus could not make the connection that the lifting up of the brazen serpent on a pole was a foreshadow of faith in Jesus on the Cross for the forgiveness of sins and everlasting life for every believer of Christ.
b. Nicodemus could not perceive the spirituality of Jesus’ spiritual truth,
because Nicodemus was not yet born again (COR. 2:14).
C. Verses 13 thru the twenty-first verse should be read in the same context.
4. Vs. 17-18, Just as when the Jews who were bitten by the poisonous snakes, looked up at the raised up bronze serpent on the pole (Nehushtan, 2 KINGS 18:4), and believed God that they would be saved from the poisonous venom of the snakes and live; so also, in fact much more, those who believe God that Jesus is the propitiation (RO. 3:24-25) for all of our sins, would not perish; but have everlasting life.
5. Vs. 19-21, The rejection of the light is the reason for the condemnation.
a. Folks hate the light simply because they love darkness.
b. Those who come to the light, their deeds are obviously done in God.
c. Praise God for saving us by taking away from us, the poisonous venom of sin when we believed that Jesus was like the Nehushtan; but, even greater!
Thank You Jesus, for cleansing us from the poisonous venom of sin with Your Precious Blood. Thank You Heavenly Father that You clutch us in Your hands and no one, nothing, can snatch us out of Your mighty hands!!