Jesus and JehovahNissi

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It was nighttime when Nicodemus came to see Jesus. As a Pharisee and one of Israel's teachers, Nicodemus was well acquainted with Jewish history. In one of the most familiar conversations in the Bible Jesus explained to Nicodemus what it means to be born again. Read their conversation in John 3:1-16.

How does Jesus describe Himself as being a nec for us?

Right before the most famous verse in the Bible, Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” (
John 3:14,15)

And right out of that statement he continued:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (
John 3:16)

Nicodemus knew the Snake story. He remembered that people died from snakebites when they got caught up in their circumstances and stopped trusting God. It was when they looked to God for their deliverance that they were saved. We live in a society that is desperately trying to fix the results of the fall without the cross. Jesus went to the cross to become the solution to our struggle. He was lifted up to die so that when we look to Him and believe we are given new life that extends to eternity. Jesus is JehovahNissi for us.

Some of the references to a nec in the Old Testament point to Jesus as the coming Messiah.
Read the scriptures below:

Isaiah 11:10: “In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.”

Isaiah 11:12: “He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth.”

These prophecies from Isaiah refer to the “Root of Jesse.” Jesse was a descendant of Judah and the father of David. The Messiah was promised to come through the line of Judah and he would be a descendant of King David. So this “banner” (nec) foretold of Jesus.


Along with being JehovahNissi in our salvation, Jesus is also the One we fix our eyes on so that we do not become weary in doing what is right. When I was first learning to know Jesus as JehovahNissi I took walks around the desert at the end of our street in Nevada memorizing some verses from Hebrews 12 that reminded me to fix my eyes on Jesus.

"And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." (italics mine) Hebrews 12:1b-3

Jesus is the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. The King James Version says He is the author and finisher of our faith. He started this story and He will finish it. But the middle of the story is messy. When Jesus was here in the middle of His story hurtful people nailed Him to a cross. He endured insults and mockery and being misunderstood. When life catches us off guard and we think we cannot take another step, we fix our eyes on Jesus, "so that we will not grow weary and lose heart."

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