We all know that eventually it will be for our good, but aren't you glad when the road construction is finished? It’s no fun having to find a new route to work every few weeks. It’s no fun getting stuck in traffic. And if there’s an accident things really get snarled up. And it’s not just hard on us it’s hard on the construction workers, too. It’s risky working with these big machines, on busy roads, with impatient or frustrated drivers. And one way to prevent accidents is with a sign that you might have seen at some of the construction sites. It’s a sign that reads, “Look up, and live.” And if you look up, what do you see? You see power lines directly overhead. It’s a warning to the guys driving the big machines that they better not hit those power lines if they want to stay alive. “Look up, and live.”

As a Christian, who couldn’t read that and think of a deeper message? Look up and live. Look up to heaven, look up at God, look to your Savior and live. Through his prophet, Moses, God has the same message for us today: Look and live. Moses had put a snake on a pole and everyone who looked at it would be saved from the poisonous snakes that were killing them. That snake on a pole was a foreshadowing of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who himself was put on a pole. Jesus said in John 3, "Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life."

Look and live!