Pastor John’s Bible Stories For Grown-ups
09/17/16 – 574 – Jesus & Nicodemus
You may remember yesterday, we ended with Jesus chastising Nicodemus for not knowing the things he should have as a teacher when He spoke about being ‘born again”. He went on:
11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
Notice that little verse in the middle of all that? Verse 3:16. The verse to beat all verses. The one most loved, and (I think) most often quoted. It’s that little verse that tells us why. Why we were created, why we were saved. Just because He loved us so much. Let’s read it one more time, eh?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
But then, doesn’t the rest of the passage speak volumes also? In spite of the fact that many people will deny knowledge that whatever they are doing is wrong, Jesus is saying that people know when they are doing wrong – that’s why they try to hide it.
Living a life of sin is very tiring, Trust me, I speak from experience. Not only do you have to remember all the lies you told to cover up your actions, you have to remember what you said to who!Let’s make it our prayer today that God would help us bring all our sins out into the light where wecan deal with them and be rid of them.