Good Friday Devotional – Brazen Serpent

*Music links updated 2014*

art credit: Anthony vanDyck, the Brazen Serpent


The blog the King’s English has become a favorite of mine this Lent.  In reding a recent post on The Brazen Serpent, I knew I had to post that at L&B today for Good Friday:

Here’s what Jesus says:

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)

Numbers is our story. We are the faithless grumblers. We too are sick with sin, awaiting death. There’s only one cure – behold the One lifted up. He became the very thing that afflicted us – He became sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). And now, what must we do to be saved?


That’s it. Just behold. We are simply to “look and live” (Numbers 21:9).

Don’t ignore the snake bites. Don’t try to reason with God. Don’t try to suck out the poison. Don’t offer up some sacrifice of your own devising. Don’t turn to some voodoo spell. Don’t ask Moses to save you. Just look to the One lifted up.

So what is faith?

Faith is not a quality you find within yourself. Faith is looking away from yourself. Faith is not a thing you conjure up. Faith is beholding something else (Someone else!). Faith is looking to Jesus.

Many people say they would like to have faith, or they would like to have more faith. But the answer is not to have “more faith”. It’s to have “more Christ!” When we behold Him, that is faith. Therefore the life of faith, is the life of setting Christ before our eyes and saying to our souls: Behold! Behold the Lamb of God! Behold the Lord of Glory lifted up for you! On the cross, He became our sin, so that we might become His righteousness.

The full entry is here.


Worship music:

Lift Up the Suffering Symbol, Michael Card, from his 1989 album, The Beginning

(An embedded song and play arrow should show up above, but sometimes WordPress seems to be acting up with audio file embeds. If the song does not show up, or does not play, you can find a YouTube version here.)


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