Read John 3:1-18.
Devotion by: Robert Leatherwood
Nicodemus Visits Jesus
And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. There is no judgment against anyone who believes in Him. But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.
This Scripture begs the question, what was it about the bronze snake on a pole that Moses lifted up that was so analogous to Christ on the cross? Nothing was required for people to get healed except to look at the bronze snake and believe that God would heal based only on obedience to his command, “believe and look.” That was enough. It actually worked. A remedy of faith, nothing else was needed.
The beginning of the Protestant Revolution was in 1517 AD. Martin Luther became convinced through reading the Scriptures that the practices and doctrines of the Catholic church had become compromised. He nailed his 95 Theses (protest) to the Wittenberg church door. Martin Luther was convinced of the message of Ephesians 2:8-9: God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
So what part do you play in salvation? You must choose to believe. God is a God of freedom. The one thing He endowed to every human was free will. He won’t make you be best friends with Him. What kind of friendship would that be?
So what must you do to gain eternal life with Jesus? Choose! Say, “Yes, I believe in God. I believe God became a man, the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe I’ve neglected/ignored and rejected His righteous ways, even His previous offers of friendship. But now, I want to be best friends. I don’t deserve to be Your best friend based on the way I have acted. I admit I can’t get back to You on my own. I can’t ever make restitution. I believe that Christ’s death on the cross made a complete redemption. I owed a debt I could not pay, and He paid my debt that He did not owe. God’s justice is completely satisfied by Christ’s death. I have nothing to do except choose to believe it. I trust now completely in Your mercy and love. God, write my name in the book of life, adopt me into Your family, and send Your Holy Spirit to come and live in me. Give me new life that I might be born again.