High and Lifted Up

March 12 | Isaiah 52:13; John 3:14-15

“Behold, My Servant shall prosper. He shall be high and lifted up, and shall be strongly exalted.” (Isaiah 52:13)

“And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, thus, the Son of Man must be lifted up, with the result that everyone who believes in him has eternal life.” (John 3:14–15)

Why do we put store signs and monuments so high in the air? The higher they are, the more visible to more people. They are important to us, and they even help us know what’s available or how to get there.

Jesus was lifted high on the cross before all the people. He suffered and died for those who rejected him. These prophecies speak of his ability to save us before it happened. Jesus pointed to the serpent Moses lifted up in the wilderness.

After Israel complained about God’s provision in the manna and quail from heaven, the water from the rock, and freeing them from the house of slavery in Egypt, God’s anger was kindled and he sent the fiery serpents to bite and kill the people.

Moses raised up a bronze serpent, and anyone who looked on it would live. Isaiah said God’s servant, Jesus, would be high and lifted up and be exalted. In his exaltation, he made a way of faith in God for you. He became sin for you, died in your place. And when you look on him in faith, he makes you whole in him.

Action Step: Look to Jesus in times of trouble today. Look to him in worship and praise for his gift of salvation. Look to him in blessing and prosperity in thankfulness.

Jesus, thank you for saving me, for taking my sin and shame and being raised on the cross in my place. You are so good to me in blessing. And you walk with me through trials. May any suffering I do glorify you and raise you even higher in exultation.

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