Lovefast 10: Serpent

Lovefast prayer and action campaign from the Mahabba Network

Lovefast 10: Serpent

By Phil S from Mahabba's Network Team
Inspired by today's entry in 30 Days of Prayer, but with a UK twist!

 

Daily verse

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
— John 3:14 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)
 

Thought for the day

Serpent

On Mount Nebo in Jordan there is a giant cross-serpent, bronze sculpture, put there by the Franciscans.

It is a powerful symbol as it stands at the place where Moses looked into the Promised Land but never entered.

The sculpture combines the serpent (Numbers chapter 21) with the Cross of Christ. It is a clever portrayal of Jesus words to Nicodemus:

'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).

It was astonishing because it was so visible and so blatant - nothing subtle about it.

And I was reminded of a chorus we sang in my youth:

Lift Jesus higher, lift him up for the world to see. He said if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto me.

A memorial plaque at the site reads:

'The Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.' (John 1:17).

How can we lift Jesus up for Muslims here in UK so they too can see the grace and truth that we have seen?

 

Prayer for the day

Lord I pray that today you would help me lift you higher so you are visible to my Muslim Friends and neighbours and they will be attracted by your grace and truth.

 

Daily action

If you’ve not been to Mount Nebo, you can take a little YouTube tour

 

Your turn

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