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Heavenly Credentials

John 3:13-15
No-one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven - the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. (NIV)

Jesus is the only person who knew all about heaven, because He came from heaven! He is the ‘ladder’ between heaven and earth (John 1:51 & Genesis 28:12) – He is unique, being the only man who fully understands both environments.

In talking with the theologian, Nicodemus, Jesus reminded him of Numbers 21:4-9 . In that narrative, God’s people grumbled against Moses and God because their wilderness journey was taking so long. As a punishment, God allowed venomous snakes to bite the people and many were dying. Eventually, the people realised that they had sinned. So they repented, pleading with Moses to pray to God for healing. God instructed Moses to make a brass snake and put it on a tall pole, and to tell the people who were dying that if they looked at the brass snake, they would live. Jesus  used that well known account as a parable of Himself. He was saying that He would have to be ‘lifted up’ (referring to His crucifixion) and that whoever looked to Him (believed in Him), as God’s way to be saved, would not die but live.

Today, many cannot see how the death of Jesus could achieve anything. It would not be their way of conquering the world. But it was God’s way: and believing it remains the only way to be in the right with God and enter heaven. Many people say that they cannot believe it. But that is not true; they would be able to believe if they submit themselves to God, but they do not want to. That is why God has given us the Gospel (Good News) so that we can let people know how to be saved. They need to consider it and choose to repent and receive God’s love. So why not show your friends www.crosscheck.org.uk and discuss it with them?

Eternal God. Thank You for telling us how to be saved through Jesus. Forgive me for being so slow in introducing my colleagues, friends and family to Him. Although many are suspicious or even reject Him without any understanding, help me to share the Good News story with them and I pray that they will be receptive to let You speak to them by Your Holy Spirit, helping them to want to put their trust in Jesus. And help me to encourage them to repent and receive Jesus Christ as Lord. In His Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams