Sermons at All Saints Parish: Sunday, March 18, 2012 (Fourth Sunday of Lent)
Texts: Numbers 21:4-9/John 3:14-21 (“As Moses raised the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up….”)
I always have to smile when the Old Testament reading we just heard comes back around. I like to call it “Snake on a Stick” Sunday. We know the story is very, very old – scholars tell us it was written more than 3,000 years ago – and its images are unforgettable: struggle in an endless desert; people whining, full of resentment at God; deadly snakes biting, people dying; Moses praying desperately for the people; a strange sculpture on a pole that heals you just by looking at it.