Rabbi Schneider — Jesus the Transformer
We're continuing a very important series today called Mysteries in the Gospel of John. And I'm not gonna take time to review today. I want to thank those of you that have stayed with me through this series. God is going deep in His Word.
We're gonna move forward right now and continue with Jesus's, with Yeshua's words in the Gospel of John, chapter 3. Now if you've missed the previous broadcast, all these episodes are available online through our website (http://sermons.love).
Let's continue on. I'm picking up there, John, chapter 3, verse number 13. Hear the Word of God. Jesus says: No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. I want to talk about this concept for a second.
Jesus said: No one has ascended into heaven... He's speaking of the very part of God's presence. ...except He who descended from heaven: even speaking of Himself, the Son of Man.
Do you know that when Jesus descended from heaven, He bridged a gap for you and I between us and God? You see, the Lord said in the Hebrew Bible, in the Torah, in the Tanakh, that no one could see God and live. God's power is too big. He is the uncreated One that has always been. We're just His creation.
So you and I aren't built to fully absorb Him in all His power, in all His glory, in all His dimension. So what Jesus did in descending from heaven, being born of flesh, in other words, coming down as God, taking upon Himself human flesh. What He did, beloved, is He created a way that we could approach God, get it now, through Him and still be alive, number one. But secondly, actually be in relationship with God through Him.
You see, it's kind of like something that you would, like let's say that you have a very low powered electrical device. And that low powered electrical device couldn't absorb all the electricity in the electrical socket.
We, for example, have to do this when we travel around the world. A lot of their electrical devices are not 110 or 120 as we have in the States, but they're 220. So what we have to do is we have to take what's called a transformer with us. We can't bring our, we can't plug our device right into their electrical socket because it would just disintegrate our electrical device.
We have to take a transformer. We plug our device into the transformer and then plug the transformer into the wall. And what the transformer does is it dials down the electrical voltage, and then makes it something that our smaller device can receive. And that's what Jesus did. He descended from heaven, beloved, so that you and I could be in communion with God, Himself.
I love it. And being God, He fully relates to God. But being man, in other words, He clothed Himself in humanity, He fully relates to us. So He becomes the bridge between God and man. I love it, and we love You, Lord Jesus. Let's continue on, next verse. Jesus goes on. He's speaking to Nicodemus here.
Remember we saw last week, Nicodemus, one of the Jewish leaders, came to Him by night and opened up a spiritual dialogue with Him, saying, You know, I know You're from God because of the miracles You're doing. Then Jesus begins to challenge him. Nicodemus, you've got to be born again. Nicodemus, don't you understand these things. You're a, you're a teacher of Israel. Jesus is gonna continue to pour life and revelation in Nicodemus.
Let's continue on with the 14th verse. Jesus says this to this Jewish ruler: As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up that whosoever believes in Him will have eternal life. So what's happening here?
We've been describing through John's Gospel the Hebrew roots that are revealed to us in John's Gospel. Of course, Nicodemus, he was all, you know, he was all about Moses Jewish people. Moses was their leading figure. You know, they said to Jesus in other places in Scripture, you know, we're Moses's disciples. They knew Moses's ministry very well.
So Jesus says this to Nicodemus. He said: Even as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness... What is He talking about? He's talking about where there was a plague of serpents that were biting the Jewish people because of their disobedience. And they were dying by the thousands.
So quick overtaken them. But what did God tell Moses to do? Moses, listen, I'm gonna tell you how to stop this. I want you to take a bronze serpent, which is by the way where we get the symbol on, in the medical field today. You know the serpent on a staff, that comes from this incident with Moses lifting up the serpent in the wilderness.
So we see that even in the American medical field today. So the Lord says to Moses, Moses, take a bronze serpent and put it on a staff and lift it up. And whoever looks at that serpent will be, won't die. And so God stops the plague in this way. So Jesus says to Nicodemus, Nicodemus, even as Moses took the bronze serpent and put it on the staff and lifted it up to save the people, so too, Jesus said, I must be lifted up.
And when I'm lifted up, Jesus said, I'm gonna give eternal life to everyone that will believe me and receive me. Jesus was lifted up on the cross. He's lifted up through the preaching of the Gospel. He's lifted up whenever the Gospel's proclaimed.