NUMBERS 21 and THE CRUCIFIXION

English: The Brazen Serpent, as in Numbers 21:...

English: The Brazen Serpent, as in Numbers 21:9, by James Tissot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

"Son of man" appears 25 times in Luk...

“Son of man” appears 25 times in Luke, a copy (c. 800) shown here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yeshua (Jesus) referred to the fiery serpent in John 3: 14-15 (KJV): “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.”

Jesus said in John 8: 28, “When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then ye shall know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.”

Then, in John 12: 32-34, Jesus said, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”  But He was saying this to indicate the kind of death by which He was to die.  The crowd then answered Him, “We have heard out of the Law that the Christ [Greek for Messiah] is to remain forever; and how can you say, ‘the Son of Man must be lifted up?’ Who is this Son of Man?”

What is meant by the Son of Man?  For background, we look to Daniel 7: 13-14.  Daniel “kept looking in the night visions, and behold,with the clouds of heaven one like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him.  And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every language might serve Him.  His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed.”

Jesus responds to the crowd’s question about the Son of Man in John 12:35-36a:   “For a little while longer the Light is among you.  Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes.  While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.’

According to verse 37-38, He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him.  This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke: “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?  AND TO WHOM HAS THE ARM OF THE LORD BEEN REvEALED?”

The reference to Isaiah here–and in verses 40-41–is significant because Isaiah “saw His [the Messiah’s] glory, and he spoke of Him” (John 12: 41).

Isaiah 53 is a picture of the cross (also Psalm 22) as Phillip explained to the Ethiopian in Acts 8: 26-35.  The Old Testament and New Testament go hand in hand.

Jesus Christ Crucifix

Jesus Christ Crucifix (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Isaiah; illustration from a Bible car...

English: Isaiah; illustration from a Bible card published by the Providence Lithograph Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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