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Summary: He was lost: I. In Spite Of His Sincere Religious Faith II. In Spite Of His High Religious Office. III. In Spite Of His Spiritual Awareness

- Photograph course seems to be all about the camera

- It’s settings, Lenses, filters, Accessories, What it does

- Photography is the ability to stop time

- To capture a memory

- Glimpse into another place

- Notice the photos on Facebook

- Horizontal when they should be vertical

- Out of focus

- Over exposed or under exposed

- Blurry because shutter speed was not fast enough

- Not sure what the subject is

What is the subject of John 3?

- Is it about the Pharisee (“Separators”)?

- Is it Nicodemus (“Conquer”) ?

- Is it how to take nighttime pictures?

- Subject here is unbelievable eternal life

- Photography course is approached from four different angles

- v.3-8 – Born again

- v.8 – Wind

- v.14-18 – Serpent in the wilderness – Num. 21:4-9

- v.19-21 – Light

v. 1

- Nicodemus a Pharisee

- Rich, Proud, Influential, Sanctimonious

- A man of them

- Ruler of the Jews (A member of the Sanhedrim)

- The supreme judicial and administrative council of the Jews

- The best of the best needing salvation

v. 2

- Came in the dark – Was he afraid?

- Did his daytime job prevent him from coming

- He came in the darkness of his soul

- Nicodemus first word – Addresses Jesus and then “WE”

- Nothing personal from his point of view

- This he supposes takes him off the hook

- After all he is a Pharisee

- An expert in education & authority, knowledge

BUT HE WAS LOST

I. In Spite Of His Sincere Religious Faith.

- Characteristics of the faith of a Pharisee was:

- A strong faith in one true and living God.

- An unwavering obedience to the Law of the OT.

Uncompromising morals.

A firm belief in the resurrection of the body.

II. In Spite Of His High Religious Office.

- Involved church in & in teaching

- A respected & recognized clergymen

III. In Spite Of His Spiritual Awareness.

"…we know You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these miracles that You do unless God is with him."

Born

The Chevy Nova was a relatively successful American car for many years. Encouraged by U.S. sales, Chevrolet began to market the American Nova throughout the world. Unfortunately, the Nova did not sell well in Mexico and other Latin American countries. Additional ads were ordered, marketing efforts were stepped up, but sales remained stagnant. Sales directors were baffled. The car had sold well in the American market; why wasn’t it selling now? When they discovered the answer, it was rather embarrassing: In Spanish, Nova means “no go” (James Emery White, Rethinking The Church, Baker, 1998, p. 38.). No one had bothered to ask questions or do research.

-. Nicodemus knows only one language and that is the language of earth.

- We did not ask

- Birth is the gate into live

- What life

- Many levels into the kingdom of life

- Vegetable Life - Fungus & Plant

- Animal Life – drops of life in pond water

- To the noblest lion or elephant

- Some would say the monkey

- Mind & Soul Life – Conscience & Reason

- Containing Wit, Imagination, Memory

- Spiritual Life – Which we must be born into

Found in each verse 3-8

- Trying to contrast life outside of the womb to an unborn baby

The Biggest Question of all

Rabbi, please tell me. I am a ruler. I am an educated man. I am a religious man. But Rabbi, I have this void in my heart and I am a broken man. I need to have something in my life that will transform my evil to good, darkness to light, haste to love, ugliness to beauty, stinginess to generosity, sin to salvation. Rabbi, please tell me. What is it that I need?

Nicodemus . . . Whether educated or uneducated, Jew or Gentile, black or white, rich or poor, powerful or week, blue blood or blue-collar, religious or sinner – You must be born again.

• It means a radical change of the heart

• It means a complete change of life

• It means becoming part of a new society

• It means a change of direction to a new destination

Jn 19:38-42KJV

38 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. 41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. 42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.

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