Main point summary
In love, God gave Jesus to be lifted up on the cross so that all who believe in Him will have eternal life and escape the condemnation they are already under.
And d as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,
In the same way that Moses raised up the bronze serpent in the wilderness,
so must the Son of Man e be lifted up,
so also must the Son of Man be lifted up,
that whoever believes f in him
so that whoever will believe in him
g may have eternal life. 1
may obtain eternal life.
“For h God so loved i the world, 1
Because God loved the world in this way:
j that he gave his only Son,
He gave His one-of-a-kind Son,
that whoever believes in him should not k perish
so that whoever had faith in Him should not eternally perish
but have eternal life.
but instead have eternal life.
For l God did not send his Son into the world m to condemn the world,
Because God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world and find it guilty,
but in order that the world might be saved through him.
rather, He sent His Son for the purpose of saving the world through His son.
n Whoever believes in him is not condemned,
The one who places his faith in Christ will not be found guilty and punished,
but whoever does not believe is condemned already,
but the one who does not put his faith in Christ is already guilty and will be punished,
because he has not o believed in the name of the only Son of God.
because he does not have faith in the saving name of the only Son of God.
v14 The Means: The Cross Numbers 21 tells the story of how God sent venomous snakes as a judgment against Israel for her incessant complaining. But God in His grace provided them with the possibility for deliverance from death. Moses crafted a bronze serpent and raised it up on a pole so that all who looked at the serpent and had faith would be healed. Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be lifted up in the same way that the serpent was lifted up in the wilderness. Of course, Jesus is referring to his coming crucifixion and being lifted up on the cross. v15 The Purpose: To Bring Eternal Life The reason why it was absolutely necessary for Jeuss to be lifted up on the cross was so that in the same way those who looked at the serpent would live, anyone who believes in Jesus might also live. But instead of temporary physical life, those who believe on Jesus will have eternal life. v16 The Reason: God's Love God's amazing love for sinners is the reason why He is willing to put forward His Son to be the perfect sacrifice. Through faith in Jesus, the sinner may have eternal life. v17 The Motivation: Salvation God's motivation for sending Jesus was not to condemn the world...the world is already condemned. Instead, God motivation for sending Jesus was to save the world through His atonement. v18 The Choice: Believe in Jesus or Do Not Believe in Jesus Each one of us is faced with the choice to believe or disbelieve in Jesus--to remain in our condemned state or to believe and be freed from condemnation Jesus was lifted up on the cross to bring us salvation. Those of us who believe can't help but lift Him up in worship and praise!