Prepared by Josiah Flaman and Pastor Jordan Clark, Preached by Jordan Clark
READ John 8:12-30
As we continue through the book of John, we continue to see Jesus reiterating and confirming his divinity, and right HERE, in the middle of John chapter 8, we get a summary of how Jesus’ ministry is being understood and received by his audience, and what the purpose of Jesus ministry was.
There are 3 topics that are brought up here that I am going to talk about tonight.
And the first topic is looking into the phrase “Lift Up”.
the second topic is Light.
And the third is about Jesus’ Purpose.
“When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I AM[He], and I do nothing on My own,” we have spoken about this before about all the imagery and biblical connections to the phrase “Lift up” or “lifted up”.
When ever you see a bible verse talking about lifting up there are 4 connected verses that all speak about this theme and I want you to remember them for context.
1. John 3:14,
“And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,”
This is in connection to the miracle where the Lord sent venomous snakes to judge the Israelites, but if they looked at the bronze serpent on the staff that Moses lifted up, they were healed. Jesus is showing us that this verse in and of itself, in the context of the Old Testament, shares the gospel!
Listen this is amazing.
2. Numbers 21:4-9
They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”
Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.
Okay so, His people sinned, they spoke against God and they doubted God’s ability to save them in their desert wanderings. They preferred slavery in Egypt over trusting God and following him through hard times. So, God shows them judgment. He sends venomous snakes as plague over them, but he still shows mercy. He makes a way for them to be reconciled. He tells Moses to make a serpent out of bronze and put it on a pole and lift in up and everyone who looked at the bronze snake lived.
While looking into this topic I found a sermon from man named peter and he looks at this miracle in the context of
3. 2 Corinthians 5:21. Jesus is comparing himself to the image of disgrace, the serpent, to heal His people. Jesus comparing himself to a snake or a serpent seems wrong and shocking but it is to illustrate how he saves us. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says,
“He made Him who knew no sin TO BE SIN IN OUR BEHALF, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
And 4. Galatians 3:13 says,
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, HAVING BECOME A CURSE FOR US—for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’"
Jesus bore our sin and became sin and died the death we deserved. He shed his blood, showing us the greatest Love of all, to welcome us back and reconcile us into the covenant with HIM.
LIGHT (LIGHT OF THE WORLD)
To understand the portion of light in which Jesus is we must look at scripture itself. The context of 2nd Corinthians 5:21 is important. It begins with Paul explaining the differences between our unholy tents and holy tents.
“For Indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven…for indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. Now He who was prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.”
…Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away, behold new things have come.”
I am more inclined to view our text in the “light” of what we find in the Scriptures than upon historical information obtained elsewhere. Leon Morris appears to take this same approach, focusing on the “pillar of fire” which separated the Israelites from the Egyptians and led God’s people through the wilderness:
This light that Jesus is cannot be obtained by anybody other than God Himself. Nothing from the planet earth is this light. Jesus is the light and his justice, his imputation of our sin, is unchanging nature is perfect. Jesus does not need to change, Jesus does not need to become more relevant—we need to change and become obedient according to the Light—Jesus.
Jesus tells us that He is the light of the world and that the one who follows Him will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.
Earlier in John, Jesus reminds us of this:
“For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink, He who eats My flesh and drinks my blood abides in Me and I in Him.” John 6:55-57.”
There is a clear repetition in scripture even in the passages we have already pulled in this message. What is purpose in which God is trying to fulfill? His purpose is to bring true, righteous Justice to His people and save His people from their own sin by dying FOR their sin on THEIR behalf.” This is claimed at the end of Jesus’ sermon in John 8.
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