Monday, May 9, 2011

Look Up

"Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in Him" (John 3:14-15).

As a kid, one of the hottest places to be on a Friday or Saturday night was the local skating rink.  This is how you dated as a 5th grader!  You'd call a girl, or slip her one of those "check yes or no" notes and agree to meet at the rink so that you'd be sure to have someone for the "couple's skate."  Another popular element of weekend skate was "Limbo."  It was an honor to be able to get past the first few rounds, attempting to skate under the pole, balancing looking cool and not falling down.  The phrase that you always heard in the song that was played was "How low can you go?"  What always intrigued me, was that when I fell, going as low as I could go, my immediate reaction was to look up.

In life, I have found it to be the same.  It's amazing that sometimes we have to get pretty low before we will finally look up.  In these verses, Jesus was drawing a powerful and compelling analogy between Himself and someone His audience knew of very well: Moses.  When, on one occasion in the wilderness, when the people were being bitten by serpents and dying, Moses lifted on up.  Anyone who would lift their eyes to that snake became whole again.  Jesus said that He, not a serpent, but a Savior, would be lifted up.  Anyone in this world dying because of the destructive snake-bite of sin, would turn and lift their eyes to Him, they would be saved, healed, and made whole.

You and I are not immune to the struggles and sins of this world.  We still depend on the grace of the lifted and risen Savior.  We still have to purpose to look up from the struggle to the Savior; to depend upon Him, rest in Him, and be restored by Him.  Do you need healing today?  In your body, in your mind, in your soul?  Are you overwhelmed, over-burdened, overworked, or feeling just plain "over"?  Look up!  See Jesus.  Allow Him to make you complete, whole; to restore you and to refine you; to affirm you and to assure you that He is MORE THAN ENOUGH.

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