Numbers 21:4-9 (Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22); Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21
Look, people are sinking under the waters. Here in this wilderness, people are perishing.
As much as we might like to make the faith about spiritual enlightenment or ethical ideals or the broad love of God that inspires tolerance, the fact of the matter is that the gospel is at root a rescue story.
The writer of Ephesians interprets what is happening to a person entering the Christian life.