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?
© Dr Paul Adams