Bible Ballistics: BBs #307 Messages From Heaven??? #4
Continuing in our look at the Gospel of John and the Good News from Heaven, we get to John chapter 3—one of the most familiar of all chapters of the Bible. Here, once again, we have the testimony Jesus Himself, and one of the final recorded testimonies of John the Baptizer, and yet the two accounts recorded in John 3 are often overlooked because of the attention given to verse 16—important truly, but there is so much more in this great chapter. Let’s dig in.
As the religious leader, Nicodemus, came to Jesus by night to inquire of this young Rabbi, the things he heard were clearly new and immediately incomprehensible by this leader and teacher. Yet Jesus took His time to bring him to a place of comprehension (He’ll do the same thing for us if we will but come to Him!). And we know that while Nicodemus came by night (probably to avoid being ridiculed by his peers for coming to talk to Jesus), we also know that his timidity had passed by the time of the trial, and crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ—two ‘secret’ disciples found the courage to express their love for Jesus publicly, even if it seemed to be “too little, too late”. But we know that it wasn’t “too late”—because His burial wasn’t the end of the Master and Lord! Sunday was coming!
“And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. 39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. 40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.” John 19:38-40
But back to our focus for today—looking at the message of Jesus to Nicodemus and then the message of John to his followers about Jesus.
“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered,
Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
Except a man be born of water
and of the Spirit,
he cannot enter
into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh
and that which is born of the Spirit
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee,
Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth,
and thou hearest the sound thereof,
but canst not tell whence it cometh,
and whither it goeth:
so is every one that is born
of the Spirit.
9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
10 Jesus answered and said unto him,
Art thou a master of Israel,
and knowest not these things?
11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
We speak that we do know,
and testify that we have seen;
and ye receive not our witness.
12 If I have told you earthly things,
and ye believe not,
how shall ye believe,
if I tell you of heavenly things?
13 And no man hath ascended
up to heaven,
but he that came down
even the Son
of man which is in heaven.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent
in the wilderness,
even so must the Son of man
be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him
should not perish,
but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth
should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son
into the world
to condemn the world;
but that the world
might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him
is not condemned:
but he that believeth not
is condemned already,
because he hath not believed
in the name
of the only begotten
Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation,
that light is come into the world,
and men loved darkness
rather than light,
because their deeds
were evil.” John 3:1-19
Jesus came that we could have eternal life, abundant life, new birth life, powerful, life-changing “life” IN HIM!!! And who is this “life-changer”?
The Only begotten Son–
The Savior for the world—
The Light of God—
The One come down from heaven—
The Son of Man (God taking on flesh to die for us.) —
The One who would be “lifted up” to die in our place—
And while it’s not recorded in John chapter 3, it is clearly proclaimed by our Savior in chapter 14:
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:3
HE IS COMING AGAIN!!! For us!
Are you ready for His return? I pray that you will hear the voice of His Spirit and come to Him if you don’t know Him. And if you know Him, that these truths will encourage you to share truth with those around you know who need to hear it. Praying that we believers will be diligent and busy in these last days. Remember we are to be salt and light—let’s make a difference today. We’ll finish looking at John 3 next time.