Sunday, April 22nd, 2018:  "SNAKES ON A PLAIN” • Pastor David R. Stokes


Read: John 3:1-16


READ: Devotional


The title for the third message in my series, “SAWDUST,” is “SNAKES ON A PLAIN.” Clever huh? A play on words: Plane vs. Plain. Have I ruined the surprise for you? ☺

The Bible is filled with stories. Great stories. Sometimes scary stories. True stories. Parabolic stories. War stories. Family stories. Dramatic stories. Stories with happy endings. Stories that ended in tragedy. Stories of mercy. Stories of judgment. Stories of death. The story of resurrection.

Once in while you find a story that leaves you scratching your head. What? Why did God do that? I’ve dealt with some of these in a previous services called, “STRANGER THINGS.” Those messages are in our video archives at One story I should have included is found in Numbers chapter twenty-one.  

Snakes on a PLAIN.

Whatever reasons God told Moses to make a bronze snake and put in on a pole to provide relief and release from a venomous attack, He surely had a scene in mind, one that would take place more than 1,500 years later.

That was when Jesus used the SNAKES ON A PLAIN story as a metaphor when talking to a religious-but-lost man about his need, and ours, to be BORN AGAIN.



  • What does it mean to be BORN AGAIN?
  • What does it mean to be “religious but lost?”
  • Have you been BORN AGAIN?







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