John 3:16 is the most popular verse in all the Bible. Many quote it assuming to understand its meaning. Sermons are preached from it. Businesses use it as their slogan. It has even made its way into professional sports! Yet, the meaning and import of this profound verse is still as dark to many as its truth was to Nicodemus. Jesus brings the truth of His kingdom into the mind and heart of Nicodemus in an unexpected comparison between the serpent on the pole deep in Israel's history, and the Son of Man on the cross yet future to Nicodemus. The parallels are striking. More importantly, a proper understanding of the serpent on the pole leads to a proper understanding of the Son of Man on the cross.
Pastor Charles Frederico Sr. lives in Kalispell, MT. with his wife and 10 children. He is a graduate of The Master's Seminary (www.tms.edu) in Los Angeles, Ca. He is the pastor of Berean Bible Church (www.bbckalispell.org), a relatively new church plant committed to the sufficiency of the Word of God.