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Jun 19

The Cure for Snake Bites!

“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. For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:14-16)

Chad Cross, my good friend and Brother-in-Christ, recently suffered the terrifying experience of being bitten by a rattlesnake. He had gone turkey hunting and was returning to his truck. He stepped over a fallen log and into the strike-zone of a huge timber rattler. The snake struck with speed and power. Chad said he felt like a baseball bat struck his leg. He fell to the ground and dropped his shotgun. The snake escaped a blasting by slithering into the pine straw and leaves. Chad remembered that he had placed a venom extraction kit in his hunting vest. He prayed for God’s peace to cover him, and he read the kit’s instructions. Chad successfully removed much of the deadly venom from the bite. He walked back to his truck and drove himself to Baptist East hospital in Montgomery. The medical team administered anti-venom, and his life was spared.

God’s Word gives us another vivid illustration of the deadly venom of sin which has been injected into the bloodstream of the human family. Jesus explained in John 3 that His offer of salvation is akin to what happened in Numbers 21. The children of Israel rebelled against God’s leadership and encountered deadly serpents. The people were dying from snakebites. They cried out for help. God instructed Moses to create a symbol of their sin in the form of a brass serpent and put it in the middle of the camp. He then told the people to look with faith at the uplifted standard, and they would live. God’s message of how to be cured from the deadly snake bite was astonishingly simple: LOOK and LIVE!

On the cross, Jesus became sacrifice for our sin. Because of God’s immeasurable love for His creation, our Savior invites us to find the cure for the deadly poison of sin as we LOOK to Jesus and LIVE.

The Bible declares that “today is the day of salvation.” Hear God’s urgent call to admit that you are a snake-bitten, perishing sinner in need of Christ’s cure. Quit running from God and run into His embrace of grace. With childlike faith, ask God to inject the anti-venom of His healing love which cancels your sin debt and enables you to become part of His forever family!

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