And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
Remember in the Old Testament when the Israelites buried Aaron and headed toward the Red Sea, but they ended up taking the long route around the land of Edom & they all got frustrated and impatient, & they complained against God and Moses? The Israelites were constantly complaining and it really got on Moses’ nerves. Because of their constant complaints, God plagued them with serpents.
It was almost like God was the frustrated parent who said, stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about!” LOL
For the Israelites who repented, Moses had a serpent of bronze that was used as a tool to miraculously heal those who looked at it.
In the same way, John is referring to Jesus as similar to Moses’ bronze snake, when He is lifted up, for those who repent, they will be saved. Take some time today to intentionally consider and contemplate Jesus lifted on a cross. It was not just a man, but it was Salvation, Healing, & Restoration that was lifted up on that cross.