“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” John 3:14-15
While the Israelites were wandering around in the wilderness, they complained and turned against God. God brought snakes upon them to kill them off. In order to stop this, God had Moses put a snake on a pole and lift it up. Whoever looked at that snake was healed. Jesus reminds Nicodemus of this piece of history and relates it to the Son of Man, who is Himself.
Early in His ministry Jesus was already pointing to the fact that He had to die on a cross. Jesus had to be lifted up on that cross to die for the sins of every person in the world for all time. Once Jesus died on that cross, all a person had to do was believe in what He did and he would be saved.
Nothing has changed since Jesus had spoken those words. The only way a person is saved is by belief in what He did.
Although in this passage Jesus is talking about being lifted up on a cross to die, there is another way He needs to be lifted up. He needs to be lifted up in exaltation. This is a lifting up in praise and talking about.
Every believer must talk about Jesus and what He did to everyone they come in contact with. You need to let other people know what Jesus has done in your life and what He can do in their lives.
He also needs to be lifted up in your own life. Jesus needs to be put first in your life. Keep in mind what Jesus did for you at all times. Know that it was His death on the cross that is saving you, not your works. Know that it is His Spirit that can change you, not yourself.
Are you lifting Jesus up in this world? Are you lifting Jesus up in your own life and heart?
I pray today that you will know the fullness of what Jesus did for you; that you will lift Jesus up in your own life; that you will lift Jesus up around all other people; that you will believe in Him and be saved; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.