Summary: Jesus' words of "Give Me To Drink" were preceded by John 3:15 (Salvation); John 3:30 (Lordship), then comes John 4:7 (Service).
Read John 4:1-10
I. First - Salvation John 3:1-21 Especially v15
As Jesus begins His Ministry, He first shows us Salvation
Not religious – for Nicodemus was VERY religious.
Not a good person – for Nicodemus was a good person.
Not someone who knew who God was – for Nicodemus knew who God was.
But someone who could worship, commune, and communicate with God.
Nicodemus was not alive spiritually.
It’s not about the Physical (enter into his mother’s womb a second time and be born)
But Spiritual (must be born of water (the Word) and the Spirit (made Spiritually alive)
I Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they
are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are
Nicodemus couldn’t even understand earthly things
and he didn’t have a chance of understanding spiritual things.
Nicodemus’ “church” nor his religious affiliation
could prepare him for what was necessary for the kingdom of God.
He needed to be born-again (made spiritually alive).
Romans 3:10 “As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one.”
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
Romans 6:23a “For the wages of sin is death;”
Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 6:23b “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe
in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
First is Salvation – Are you saved? Salvation
II. Second - Death to Us John 3:22-36 Especially v30
John and his disciples - along with Jesus and His disciples,
Came into the same region
Aenon near to Salim – southeast of Nazareth / northeast of Jerusalem - at the Jordan River.
Jesus’ disciples were baptizing – See John 4:2)
These fishermen, tax-collectors, etc. were BAPTIZING in Jesus’ name!!
What a change Jesus makes in the lives of those who follow Him.
Some were for John’s group – they complained about Jesus’ group.
Some were for Jesus’ group – they complained about John’s group.
But John set them straight.
“It’s all about Jesus”
John knows that he is not the Messiah, but the friend of the bridegroom.
But John rejoices that the Messiah has come and is doing His God given work.
V30 – “He must increase but I must decrease”.
John knew his standing before the standing of the Lord Himself.
Jesus is all-in-all
And must always increase (and increase and increase and increase …….)
How many people behind the scenes work on a Billy Graham crusade effort?
Is there any doubt that Billy Graham pointed to Jesus, not to himself?
V34 through V36
God, the Father, has made God the Son to be first.