Welcome to A Love Story, a Bible Study of the Gospel of John. Join us as we dive into this wonderful book and learn more about Jesus. If you want to start at the beginning of the study go here.
A week ago we were celebrating a baby in a manger, the shepherd’s came to worship Him and two years later the Wise Men brought Him gifts from the East. Today we will see another man come seeking Jesus.
What the Bible says...
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. - John 3:1
Here is what we know about Nicodemus; He was rich, he was religious and he was a ruler, and what we will learn about Nicodemus in this chapter is that he is seeking the truth, he is seeking Jesus.
2 This man came 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.”
Nicodemus was a Pharisee, now in case you don’t know, Pharisee’s where all about keeping the law perfectly, they were seeking to live a righteous life through the way they lived, in their own power, by trying to keep every little teeny bit of the law.
Nicodemus realized that something was missing.
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”(v. 1-3)
4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
Nicodemus did not ask why a man must be born again, he asked how, because deep down he knew that in spite of all his rule following, and law keeping, something was missing, he was looking for more.
5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
To answer this question we could dive into the whole debate about water baptism being necessary for salvation, but for the sake of time let’s just stick with what we know—we are all born of water at the time of our natural birth. But along with being born of the flesh we also must be born of the Spirit, we have to believe in Christ.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The 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.”
The wind is a picture of Spirit, we can’t see the wind but we can see the results of the wind, just as we can’t see the Spirit but we can see the effects of the Spirit in our own lives and in the lives of others. So to be born of the Spirit we just have to believe and have faith.
9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”
13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who 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 whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
First Jesus chides Nicodemus (v. 10-12), and then Jesus answers Nicodemus' question by telling a story from history where it took faith for people to be saved…
In Numbers 21-
5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” 6 So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.
7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
8 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Like Nicodemus let’s recognize we need to come to Jesus and make him our Lord and King of our hearts and lives.
1. Tell someone that Jesus loves them, that is why we were put on this earth.
2 Memorize this verse-