Look and Live

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So many people often think that salvation through Jesus Christ is complicated and difficult to gain. However, the Bible tells us of an event in the Old Testament that shows us how simple and easy salvation through Christ really is.

Numbers 21:5-9 states: “And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.”

In this passage from Numbers, God beautifully illustrates the wonderful story of salvation through Jesus Christ to Moses and the children of Israel. The serpent was a representation of the curse that God had placed upon Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden when they sinned against Him. This curse is the curse of sin and it remains on the earth to this very day. But when Jesus died, he was made a curse for us so that through Him we can experience freedom and eternal life. Galatians 3:13-14 tells us, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ.”

Because the curse of all of our sin was laid upon Jesus Christ and He took it to Calvary, we can receive the promise of eternal life in Heaven with God if we believe on Jesus through faith.

The pole in this passage is a representation of the cross. Just as the serpent was put on the pole for all of the Israelites to look upon and live, Jesus Christ was put upon the cross for all of the world to look on, believe in and have eternal life. When the children of Israel looked at the serpent on the pole, they were actually believing that if they just looked at the serpent they would be delivered from the plague that had come upon them.

My friend, you can do the same thing today. Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, and all you have to do to make sure you have eternal life and will live forever with Jesus in Heaven is to look to Him and trust Him, depend upon Him, and believe in Him for salvation. Isaiah 45:22 says, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” You can look to Jesus and be saved right now, today for “today is the day of salvation”. It may have been difficult for God and Jesus, but he made it easy for us — all you have to do is look and live. Allow me to show you how:

First, please understand that you are a sinner just as I am and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve permanent punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. This is the bad news.

Now, here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you. No matter what you have done.

The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.

Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.

Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.

And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, and if you meant it from your heart, may I be the first to say, Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!

Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!