Do it Yourself.
With the internet and Youtube one can figure out how to do just about any project around the house. Sometimes it’s kind of nice to be that self-reliant person. But, when it comes to the really important things in life, well, if we’re honest… we can really mess it up.
DIY’s are not allowed.
And to illustrate this, the Bible, in Numbers 21, has this intense scene where the children of Israel get themselves into some sin, and as a consequence they have to deal with, literally, an army of snakes. Can you imagine? Snakes! And they were biting!
And the people cry out, “Help, Moses! Please pray for us.”
So God had Moses craft a bronze serpent and stick it on a pole and lift high for all to see, and whoever looks upon the serpent will not die, but live.
LOOK & LIVE.
I find it interesting, that some 1,500 years later, Jesus would read this account and realize it was a preview of Himself.
For listen to what He says in John 3:14-15:
As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Wow. But, why would a serpent be the means of life? And why would Jesus compare Himself with that?
Well, in the Bible, snakes represent the CURSE, the total embodiment of SIN. And that’s what Jesus became for us on the cross. (See 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Galatians 3:13.) And when we look upon Him – when we rely upon Him, place our trust in Him, as our savior… He delivers and heals us!
That’s the gospel – the good news of Jesus Christ.
The good news is that we don’t have to DIY our family, our career, our church, our relationships, or our standing with God. Cause when we do, we really foul it up. Rather, we can just drop the tools, and look to the Savior. It’s really that simple.
But, why should something so simple be so hard? Well, our tendency is to want to fix things. But this is where trust comes into play. Trust that God will do a much better job than we can ever dream.
Sin bites like a Serpent, but Jesus heals like a Savior!
Look to Him… and Live.
“When you know that you can’t do life on your own, then prayer makes complete sense.”