6 Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. 7 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. 8 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.” 9 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.
Jesus said this event as recorded by Moses was about His crucifixion.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
One of the most popular end-zone verses of all-time (John 3:16) is preceded by Jesus telling us that we are saved by God's provision.
Jesus was to be lifted up as Moses lifted that serpent in the wilderness.
Those of us bitten by sin and the fruit of our own grumblings can find forgiveness and healing in the exalting of that which God lifts up.
We turn our minds and our eyes to fix themselves upon God's exalted Son.
We humble ourselves beneath the Cross of His sacrifice.
This is the ONLY way.
God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.
He lifted Him up.
He allowed Satan to bite His heel so that He could crush Satan's skull.
Sin is defeated in the finished work of Christ.
Look to Him and you will be saved.