Looking Back, Looking Forward
“Jesus is Lord, and everything else is bullshit.”
Scripture Reading: John 3:13-17
What more can be said about the most-quoted verse in the Bible, the hinge of Christianity? Either you believe in this ultimate example of God’s love or you don’t. But what about that bit earlier in the passage about the bronze snake? It’s a reference to Numbers 21:4-9. Take some time to read that particular passage and look for parallels to the introduction of Jesus into the world. Why might Jesus have mentioned that passage in reference to himself? What kind of monstrous God punishes whiny people by killing them with poisonous snakes? How can we reconcile that God with the one we see in the person of Jesus? Don’t be afraid of these kinds of hard questions.
Ask questions, share thoughts and wrestle together about your experiences from the material this week.