Today’s Scripture: 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

There was a young man who lived in a valley that was warm and green. From the valley, he could see a mountain. He had always wanted to go climb the mountain and see the view from its peak. One day he decided to scale the mountain. He spent most of the morning climbing, and the temperature got colder the higher he climbed.

Finally, around midday, he looked down and saw a coiled snake, shaking from the cold. The snake said to the young man, “Please pick me up, for I am so cold.”

The young man replied, “Oh no! I’ve been warned about you by my elders. You will bite me, and I will die.”

“Oh no, I promise, I would never do that to you. If you will pick me up, put me in your coat, and take me down into the warm valley, I will be forever grateful,” the snake argued.

So, against his better judgment, the young man bent down, picked up the snake, and placed it inside his coat. He descended to the valley where it was warm and took the snake out of his coat. As he placed the snake on the ground, the snake bit him.

The young man fell to the ground in agony as the venom began coursing through his veins. In pain, he stammered, “You promised you would not bite me.”

The snake replied, “I am a snake, and that is what a snake must do. It is my nature.”

Understand that we all have been bitten by the snake of sin. Because of rebellion and distrust, because we do not believe that God cares about us, we get the wrong attitude about sin. In fact, the Bible says that we are born in sin. We have inherited sin from our fathers. But there was one – Jesus – who never sinned.

Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, Jesus was lifted up on the cross. He was not a symbol of sin – He became sin for us. His sacrificial death and resurrection became the antidote that we need to have victory over the venom of sin.

Friend, have you received that antidote? If not, do not delay! Look to Jesus in faith, trusting His payment for your sin.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.