“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, … and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12:2
When I was in prison, I often prayed that God would work in the hearts of the Texas Parole Board members to grant me an early release. God answered those prayers—but for years, the answer was, “No.” It may not have been the answer I wanted, but it was indeed in God’s perfect will. I know now that the Lord was teaching me that whole while something about the nature of faith. 

In the wilderness, the Lord chastened His people by sending poisonous snakes into their midst. When many of the people begged Moses to pray for them, God commanded him to make a snake out of bronze and put it on a pole. If “anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, he lived” (Numbers 21:9). 

On the cross, our Savior became sin for us, taking our guilt upon Himself and enduring, in body and soul, the infinite wrath of a holy God. Moses lifted up the pole in the wilderness, and those who looked to it were healed. Similarly, we are healed from the sting of death by looking in faith to Jesus Christ (see John 3:14-15 and 1 Corinthians 15:55-57).  

Scripture Focus

Numbers 21:1-9


Are you looking to Jesus? True faith is looking away from yourself, to Him, and finding in Him a Savior full of grace and truth.

Bible In A Year

  • Exodus 27-28
  • Psalm 39
  • Luke 3

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