Cruce Tectum

Cruce tectum, hidden under the cross, a blog for Epiphany Lutheran Church, Dorr, Michigan

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up

"The brazen serpent of Moses had the form and appearance of the poisonous reptiles after which it was modeled, just as Jesus was revealed in the form of our sinful flesh, had the needs and ways of an ordinary human being, was finally punished as a criminal. Just as the brazen serpent, however, had no poison, was altogether harmless, so Jesus, though in appearance like unto sinful men, was without sin, holy, harmless, undefiled... And finally, just as he that looked at the brazen serpent in faith remained alive, so also every sinner that has been poisoned by sin in its various forms, but now looks up to Jesus, the Savior, in simple, trusting faith, shall not perish, but have eternal life. For in Christ all sin has been conquered, all guilt has been taken away: there is complete redemption in Him."

-- Paul E. Kretzmann, Popular Commentary of the Bible: New Testament, Vol. I (St. Louis: Concordia, n.d.) p. 423.

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