"And the Lord said unto Moses, make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived." - Numbers 21:8, 9
"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." - John 3:14, 15
In the Encyclopedia Britannica, the definition of the word antidote is: "remedy to counteract the effects of poison or toxin. Administered by mouth, intravenously, or sometimes on the skin, it may work by directly neutralizing the poison; causing an opposite effect in the body; binding to the poison to prevent its absorption, inactivate it, or keep it from fitting a receptor at its site of action."
As we can see in the definition, it is the remedy that counteracts the effects of poison or toxin. What we want to look at here is not an antidote in the physical sense, but one in the spiritual sense. The way we are looking at things here, the poison is sin. It is indeed a deadly poison that is eating away our bodies and our souls, preventing us from building relationship with God, and ultimately, it will send us to eternal suffering in hell, with all chances of redemption gone.
The antidote is Jesus Christ; through putting our faith and lives in his hands, the relationship between the almighty God and us is restored, and the effects of the poison (sin) are counteracted.
In Proverbs chapter 15, we can probably find one of the best verses that explains what the relationship between the sinner and the Lord God is. In verse 29, we find the following:
"The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous." - Proverbs 15:29
One of the main things that sin does to us is the fact that it separates us from God and puts a wall between us and the One who created us. The only way to get rid of that wall is to put your life in the hands of the Lord; have faith.
The problem is that many people do not want to accept the fact that they cannot pull that wall down. They do not want to accept that Jesus Christ is the only one, capable of bringing down the wall and restoring this lost relationship. The part that is almost impossible for people to accept is that all you have to do is to ask God to do it, and accept him as your savior.
However, in contrast, one Bible verse talks about the wicked, which is a strong word in itself. To answer that, let's take a look at another chapter from Proverbs:
"These six things doth the Lord hate; and yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift to running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren." - Proverbs 6:16-19
Have you ever told a lie; how about being proud or causing mischief that all amounts to sin. The Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus, our Lord. It is time to stop making excuses for not accepting the wonderful gift that he is offering you. Just trust him; the relationship with God will be restored. You will have that unique relationship with our Creator that most people on Earth are looking for but not finding.