The Bronze Snake

And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,  so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.

 

—John 3:14:15

 

 

Easter is coming.

A time to remember what Jesus has done for us.

Eternal life—

Is there anything more important than where you will spend eternity?

 

 

 

 

 

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I Am Alive

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After church this morning, those in attendance were asked to bring flowers and place them on a cross outside to signify that Jesus was alive.

Jesus was crucified and yet, He came back to life on the third day.

Where is Jesus now?

In the book of Revelation, John describes being in the Spirit and hearing a loud voice like a trumpet telling him to write what he saw in a book and then to send it to seven churches, which are listed in the first chapter. Beginning with verse 12, here are a few of the verses that John wrote:

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Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands,  and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest.  The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.

 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last,  and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.

—Revelation 1:12-18

Who is Jesus?

He is the first and the last.

He is the living one.

He died, but He is alive forevermore.

He suffered and died to pay the penalty of our sin, so that we could believe in Him and be alive forevermore, as well.

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What Shall I Do?

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While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”

 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.

 “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor.

“Barabbas,” they answered.

 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.

They all answered, “Crucify him!”

 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”

 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”

—Matthew 27:19-25

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There is a question that every person must ask themselves.

It is simply this—

What shall I do, then, with Jesus called the Messiah?

Will we believe in Him and His gift of eternal life?

Or will we refuse to acknowledge Him as the Son of God, leaving His gift for us behind?

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