Moses Serpent and Christ on the cross
John 3:14. “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up.”
“And the people spoke 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 looked upon it, shall live.” [Sounds like John 3:16, doesn’t it?]
“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.”
Here God illustrates the beautiful story of the cross. Instead of taking away the serpents in answer to their prayer, God provided a remedy in the form of a serpent. Just as God did not take away the penalty of sin [death] when Adam sinned, God provided a remedy in Jesus Christ who died in our place to pay for our sins on the cross.
On the cross, Jesus Christ was made a curse for us. Galatians 3:13 says, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.”
As the serpent was lifted up on the pole, so Christ was lifted up on a cross. “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me this he said, signifying what death he should die (John 12:32, 33).” God told Moses to make a fiery serpent of brass, fix it on a pole, and invite the bitten Israelites to look on it and they should live.
As Moses lifted up the serpent and s the bitten Israelites were healed by looking upon the brazen serpent lifted on high, so the world in sin, is saved by looking to Jesus lifted up upon the cross.