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Looked At Him

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Scriptural Readings: Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 102:2-3, 16-18, 19-21; John 8:21-30

My dear encountered couples:

The Jewish people in the desert complained. We are told that God sent saraph serpents among them which bit them and many of them died. When the people admitted their sin God told Moses, “Make a saraph serpent and mount it on a pole, and if anyone who has been bitten looks at it, he will recover.” And Moses made a bronze serpent and did as God had said. “Anyone who had been bitten by a serpent and looked at the bronze serpent, recovered.”

This is the time of the year our attention is being drawn to Christ crucified. We who have sinned are told to look upon Christ on the Cross and be freed from our sins. We are to look on Christ, feel with him, come to realize that the suffering and death he endured was for us. We are to grow in the realization that there is someone who thinks we are so special that he will go through anything to save us from the effects of our sins.

There is someone who has more love for us than we have ever had for any person, living or dead.

And so, during these last two weeks of Lent, think often of Christ crucified. Look upon a crucifix on a wall, hold one in your hand, picture one in your mind. Let yourself become more aware of what Jesus went through for you. Let it sink into you deeply and solidly that he loves you, that God your Father also loves you, and so too the Holy Spirit.

The people were saved from physical death when they looked upon the bronze serpent on the pole. Looking upon Jesus on his Cross can help save us from spiritual death. Let us do a lot of that looking during the remaining days of Lent.


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