Why does a serpent represent what Jesus did on the cross?

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Q.  In the gospel of John, when Jesus is speaking with Nicodemus, why does he liken Himself to the serpent that was lifted up in the desert in the Old Testament, considering that serpents are usually associated with Satan? Why was a serpent chosen as a type/foreshadowing of what Jesus would do on the cross, especially in light of the Bible always emphasizing the „lamb“ that was slain? I’ve thought that perhaps in a sense sin/evil was on the cross since Jesus „became sin“ to put an end to it, but other than that it just seems weird to me.

Sebastien Bourdon, „Moses and the Brazen Serpent“

Jesus refers to the way Moses made a bronze serpent and put it up on a pole in order to make one specific point to Nicodemus.  Jesus has just told him that he needs to be „born again“ in order to enter…

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