Summary: Questions Jesus asked - Jesus and Nicodemus. PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Man Named Nicodemus:
• His Career.
• His Faith.
• His Make-up (Character).
A Discourse With Jesus.
• The Greek philosopher Socrates was said to be wise,
• Not because he knew all the answers,
• But because he knew how to ask the right questions.
• TRANSITION: Jesus knew how to ask the right questions.
• As you read through the gospel accounts again and again;
• Jesus asked insightful, perceptive, discerning questions.
• These questions caused his listeners to focus on the important issues of life.
In this new series of studies:
• We are looking at some of the questions Jesus asked in the gospels:
• Tonight’s question is found in John chapter 3 verse 10:
• “‘You are Israel’s teacher,’ said Jesus, ‘and do you not understand these things?”
• Jesus confronts a religious/political leader called Nicodemus;
• Out of the four gospel writers;
• Only John records this conversation;
• And from what is discussed we get what many call the greatest verse in the Bible,
• John chapter 3 verse 16.
A Profile of the Man:
(1). His Career:
• Nicodemus was a Pharisee (vs 1).
• In the days of Nicodemus there were about 6,000 of them.
• The name 'Pharisee' meant 'separated one '.
• They were ordinary Jews and NOT Priests.
• They were more like politicians – they held the power!
• The movement started out good in about 135 BC,
• The idea was that people could be dedicated, separate to God,
• But very quickly the movement degenerated into an exclusive movement,
• That actually separated Pharisees from ordinary people.
• At the time of Jesus, most Pharisees were very impressive to look at:
• In that they were great at keeping rules and regulations and being pious.
• In fact they were experts at being religious.
• i.e. Pharisees fasted twice a week
• i.e. Pharisees tithed ten percent of their income.
• i.e. Pharisees prayed three times a day.
• i.e. Pharisees were regular attenders at the synagogue/temple.
• i.e. Pharisees had very high moral standards,
• i.e. Pharisees were strict Sabbatarian’s.
• i.e. Pharisees wore distinctive robes, which marked them out from the average person.
• i.e. Pharisees would not eat with non-Pharisees.
• i.e. Pharisees diligently studied the scriptures.
• They would not just reverence every word of the sacred text, but every letter of it!
• At the time of Jesus:
• The Pharisees had deteriorated into an exclusive religious sect;
• And sadly one of the key verses about the Pharisees in the New Testament is:
Quote: Matthew chapter 25 verses 5-6:
“Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels
on their garments long; they love the place of honour at banquets and the most important seats