And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. – John 3:14-15
Once upon a time, Moses’ people were suffering and dying from the perils of a long journey in the wilderness together. God told Moses to make a figure of a serpent on a cross and lift it up. Whoever looked on it would be healed.
I do not profess to understand why God instructed Moses to do this. What I do understand, though, is that God took a symbol of poison and pain and made it into a source of healing and hope.
So, too, Jesus takes the cross, a symbol of pain and transforms it into a great source of healing and hope.
This can be a great teaching moment to apply to life. One of the most Christlike ways we can approach each day is to ask: what areas of pain can be transformed into healing and hope in others and in my own life?
The energy of God is so healing that it can take instruments of pain like a cross and can transform them into being the ultimate image of hope!