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Week 39 Day 2
John's Gospel is unique
there are no parables
John's stories are about the people Jesus met
and the conversations they had
then John goes on to show how these stories
illustrate a great truth from God
John shows that Jesus took physical images
such as light or bread
and used the word
in a spiritual sense
when Jesus used the word bread
that he was not referring to
the physical bread we have
on the dinner table
he was referring to spiritual food
something that would nourish
more than our physical bodies
it would nourish our soul and spirit as well.
Jesus wanted to take Nicodemus
from believing in Jesus
because he saw the miracles
to the kind of belief in Jesus
that would change his life forever
Jesus wanted to take him
from an encounter
under the cover of darkness
to a life-long experience of being a disciple
in broad daylight
Believing in Jesus because of the miracles
is just the first rung
Nicodemus, there is so much more.
BORN AGAIN Physical birth moves on toward decay;
spiritual birth moves toward eternal life. John 3
1A man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of
the Jews, 2came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi,
we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one
can do these signs that you do unless God is with him."
3Jesus answered him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless
one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
4Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when
he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb?"
5Jesus answered, "Unless one is born of water and the Spirit,
he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of
the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'
8The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of
it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So
is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
9Nicodemus answered and said, "How can these things be?"
10Jesus answered him, "Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? 11Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive the witness.
12"If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe,
how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13No one
has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven,
that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.
14"As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even
so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes
in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16For God so
loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son; whoever
believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
17God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18"He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who
does not believe is condemned already. 19This is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men
loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20"Everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God." This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV < prev page next page >
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