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John 3:14 – And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life. (KJV)
After much prayer and counsel from the Lord regarding women's health issues, I made a decision to undergo a new alternative procedure which is performed by an interventional radiologist. Because of this minimally invasive procedure using imaging guidance techniques, I was able to avoid major surgery. Thankfully, because of the Lord's guidance, this decision proved to be the best option for me. Since no surgery is without risk, I turned to the Master Physician who holds all life in His hands. With little support from my regular doctors, I became even more dependent upon the Lord.
Although physicians are gifted with the knowledge to practice medicine, it is the Lord who is our healer. So I find it interesting that the symbol for modern medicine is the snake entwined on a pole. This symbol of healing and rebirth can be traced to a biblical event which occurred in ancient Israel and is recorded in Numbers 21:4-9. When the people of Israel complained against God in the desert, He sent poisonous snakes among them. When the people repented of their sin, God instructed Moses to create a bronze serpent and raise it on a pole. After looking upon the serpent, those who were bitten were healed.
In today's Scripture, Jesus observed that, like the bronze serpent, He was lifted up on the cross for our sakes. In 2 Corinthians 5:21, the Word of God tells us, "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin." (KJV) Thus the serpent gives us a picture of sin and the judgment of God which caused Jesus to be nailed to the cross on account of our transgressions.
Just as the people of Israel looked to the bronze serpent for healing, so Jesus offers the cure for our souls. 1 Peter 2:24 tells us that by His stripes, we are healed. Our Master Physician will provide healing in every aspect of our lives if we only look to Him in faith.
Prayer: Master Physician, with heartfelt thanksgiving, we give You honour and glory for Your great sacrifice, mercy, and healing of our souls. May we look to You always as the source of our lives to supply our needs. May we also lift Your name on high in worshipful praise, so that others, too, may see Your salvation and look upon You with saving faith. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.