Easter Sunday – Look To Me

Big Idea: Although most of us tend toward independence, “I can do this on my own”, We were created to live dependent on our relationship with our Creator.

A Story from Moses’ journal during Israel’s forty years in the Wilderness

From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom.   And the people became impatient on the way.

And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?

For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.”

Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.

 

And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.”

So Moses prayed for the people.

And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.”

So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole.

And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.  Numbers 21:4-9 ESV

A story from Jesus’ ministry, where he explains the meaning of the serpent on the cross

“Now is my soul troubled.

And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’?   But for this purpose, I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.”

Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”

The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.”

Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine.

Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die.

So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever.

How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up?

Who is this Son of Man?”

So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer.

Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you.

The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.

While you have the light, believe in the light,

that you may become sons of light.”  John 12:27-36a ESV

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