John 3

John 3 has some of the most familiar verses in all of scripture.  It begins with an interaction between Nicodemus, a Pharisee and one of the religious leaders, and Jesus.  Nicodemus asks “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”.  He doesn’t understand who Jesus is, but he knows that Jesus is special.  Christ responds with the truth that “unless one is born  again he cannot see the kingdom of God”.  Entry into heaven is not based on what we do.  It is based on us being born again – a rebirth based on our faith in Christ.

Nicodemus goes on to try and understand by asking “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born”?  This baffles the religious leader, but Jesus insists: “You must be born again”.  This isn’t an optional method of receiving salvation.  It is the only way to be set free from our sin.  Jesus explains “as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life”.  It’s Jesus or nothing – there is no other way to eternity.

Then Jesus shares the most recognized verse in all of the Bible. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”.  There it is in a sentence – God loves us, He sent His Son to die for us, We can escape eternal separation from God by believing in Jesus.  That is the gospel in a verse.  Jesus came, He died, He rose, He conquered death and provides a way for us to receive eternal life by accepting God’s grace through believing.

God didn’t send Jesus for any reason than to save us.  “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him”.  Jesus came to save us, not condemn.  “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God”.   The question we all must face is ‘what will you do with Jesus.’  “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him”.  Don’t miss answering this question as it holds the key to your eternity!

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