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

            chances are

            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

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