Jefferson Vann – The Desert Snake

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:14-15 KJV).

Early in his Gospel, John revealed that Jesus’ life would be the light for humanity (1:4). But he does not immediately unpack that statement theologically. He begins to do so in chapter 3. Nicodemus, who is a theologian, comes to Jesus at night for a conversation on spiritual matters. At that point in his life, Nicodemus could be called a success. He probably felt that he had as good a chance as anyone of getting on God’s good side – and earning his salvation, simply as a result of his theological knowledge. As a Pharisee, Nicodemus knew the Torah. He had become an expert on the books of Moses.

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