John 3:1-8 Nicodemus / ‘You must be born again’.

Giving God Time.

Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40. So we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying along with this hymn…

’You must be born again’

A Word in your ear. 

John 3:1-8 From fear to faith – Nicodemus story…

(video version… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjIlhu-yuTI ).

1. There was a man among the P’rushim (Pharisees), named Nakdimon (Nicodemus), who was a ruler of the Judeans (Judean Jews). 

2 This man came to Yeshua (Jesus) by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know it is from God that you have come as a teacher; for no one can do these miracles you perform unless God is with him.” 

John makes a point out of telling us that it was a night-time visit by a member of the council. Nicodemus’ night visit tells us he was trying to visit Jesus unnoticed by his peers. (Later in 7:50-52 we learn that the Jewish leader’s council were out to get Jesus, and v.45 tells us their religious police had been sent to get Jesus. And elsewhere, that Nicodemus would have nothing to do with their actions.) 

Nicodemus noted that God was with Him – judging by the miracles He was doing. 

3 “Yes, indeed,” Yeshua (Jesus) answered him, “I tell you that unless a person is born again from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

Here the famous term “Born Again” is coined by Jesus. It must have been a new term as Nicodemus had never heard of it before. (God once said to Ezekiel, ‘Can these bones live?’ Ezekiel couldn’t answer. He simply said ‘Lord You know’.

4 Nakdimon (Nicodemus) said to him, “How can a grown man be ‘born’? Can he go back into his mother’s womb and be born a second time?” 

Nicodemus didn’t understand and asked what the new term ‘born again’ meant, showing that this was a new term that Jesus had coined. 

5 Yeshua (Jesus) answered, “Yes, indeed, I tell you that unless a person is born from water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. 

6 What is born from the flesh is flesh, and what is born from the Spirit is spirit. 

Jesus is talking about the soul coming alive;- that happens by the Holy Spirit coming into our soul. It is spiritual life coming to us, turning lights on in our soul. Acts 2:38 tells us that:-

a). By water…means believer’s baptism by immersion in water; (Baptizo in Greek.)

b). By the Spirit. (The word Spirit is with a capital letter and is a noun – meaning the person of the Holy Spirit.)

7 Stop being amazed at my telling you that you must be born again from above! 

As a religious leader, Nicodemus should have cottoned on to what Jesus was saying, but he was amazed so Jesus continues to explain…

8 The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it’s going. That’s how it is with everyone who has been born from the Spirit.”

Summary

As it is like trying t

o explain colours to a blind man, Jesus uses the wind to explain what it is like for someone to have the Holy Spirit. The wind is the closest comparison to explain…

Prayer and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘Pray for those in authority,’ – in June the UK Parliament is discussing whether to stop Christians trying to teach other people that genders are assigned by God at conception. Pray for the UK lawmakers.)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

Today’s Verse…

John 3:3 “Yes, indeed,” Yeshua (Jesus) answered him, “I tell you that unless a person is born again from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

Today’s Challenge

Jesus said we cannot see the Kingdom of God unless we are ‘Born Again’. 

We are not disciples unless we obey Jesus. Have you taken these words of Jesus to heart? Entry into the sheepfold is through Jesus now. Jesus said that trying to get in any other way leads to being treated as a thief and a robber. 

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