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John 3:16-21 God’s Love

Now do you understand?

We are going to pick back up where we left off yesterday with Jesus and Nicodemus. Jesus is about to share the most amazing news with Nicodemus. It will rock his world and change him forever. It will do the same for each of us, if we will let it. I want to jump straight back into the story, then share a couple of points I find compelling.

When we left yesterday Jesus, His disciples and Nicodemus were in the garden of a home just outside the city. Nicodemus came seeking answers from Jesus. So far the answers Jesus has given him have been a little on the confusing side. The first of these being the need to be “born again.” Jesus is now going to shed some much needed light on His statements.

Nicodemus is contemplating Jesus’ statement about being “lifted up” and about believing in Him bringing eternal life. This is exactly what Nicodemus was hoping to learn about. But he still isn’t grasping Jesus’ meaning. He is just about to ask a question when Jesus starts speaking again. Read more »

John 3:1-15 Nicodemus’ Question

Seeing the truth is not always easy

We are coming to probably one of the best known verses in scripture. We stop just short in our study today because that section gets a bit of special attention. Today we join Jesus, His disciples and Nicodemus.

Nicodemus is a slightly brave man. He is a member of the Jewish ruling council. I believe he was part of the Sanhedrin, the group that condemned Jesus to death. Nicodemus didn’t vote their way through, but that will come much later. Today, Nicodemus can’t take it any longer! He needs to know more about Jesus, but he is concerned about his reputation and status within the council. He can’t be seen openly seeking Jesus out for true understanding. He could easily have come along any one of the times the religious leaders tried to entrap Him. But that is not what Nicodemus is wanting to do. Read more »

John 2:13-22 Zeal For Your House

“Get Out! This is My Father’s House!”

Jesus attends His first Passover during His ministry. He will see three Passover celebrations, with His death occurring on the third one. So He has been ministering for about six months by now. The only miracle we know about, through John so far, is when Jesus turned the water into wine. But the people at the celebration knew of Him and His works. John has departed from the daily accounting of Jesus’ life and gone more general instead.

Jesus has grown up attending Passover celebrations probably every year. I have no doubt that the merchants and money changers have been behaving like this for years! But this Passover was different. Was it different because He is different or was He always conscious of this issue and was now finally ready to address it? Read more »

John 1:35-42 As He Walked By

We wait on HIS time

We get to hear about Jesus’ first disciples. We learn the name of one but are not told anything about the second except that he was there too. I wonder who it was. Did this disciple become one of Jesus’ inner twelve? Did he stay with Jesus or later return to John? Just my curiosity getting the best of me.

I’m going to assume these two disciples were not with John the Baptist the previous day when he pointed out Jesus. During that identification John gave a LOT more detail about how the truth was revealed to him. Today he makes a simple but life altering statement; “Behold, the Lamb of God!” (verse 36).

I’m going to make a second assumption and say that John had used this phrase before in the presence of these two disciples and they understood the importance behind this statement. Read more »

John 1:19-29 Who Are You?

I am me, who are you?

We get to hear who John the Baptist says he is. In yesterday’s reading we heard one of John the Baptist’s comments about Jesus; “He who comes after me ranks before me, because He was before me” (verse 15). This identified Jesus as present in the beginning but now appearing in the flesh. Jesus is ready to take the scene and John is wetting the people’s appetite.

Today John the Baptist is approached by a group who was sent by the religious leaders. Their mission was to find out who John the Baptist really was. They had some ideas but they wanted him to confirm or deny them. Read more »