Summary: Nicodemus wanted to come to Christ on His terms but Jesus reveal who He really was.
We have his disconnect in our society is that we attach what we do to how good we are. The more we do the better we are, and if sometimes we transgress, well we can just make that up. Our good works become a barrier to God. Some people seek religions that do this, some people create their own spiritual view point that allows this, and some even create this point of view within Christianity. For some people religion becomes the greatest barrier to God. They are so busy being religious that they can’t see what God has already done for them.
We find someone like that in the third chapter of John. Within this passage is one of the best known verses in the Bible, John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Two interesting things about this verse, the first is that is so clearly states the message of the gospel, that because of love God gave us His Son so that we can live forever. It’s such an eloquent statement of that truth. But the second thing is that this is the only place in the gospel of John that Jesus is quoted as saying that God loves the world. What was going on in the conversation that causes Jesus not only to express the gospel so clearly, but to offer it to the entire world?
Well we’re going to spend the next two weeks answering that question. For the past few weeks we’ve been looking a parallel passages within the Gospel of John and next week we’re going to look at how they all come together which will make things a little bit clearer which is why I’ve titled that sermon, “Bringing it into Focus.” For today our focal verses are the first 11 verses of John 3 let’s read them. “there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these sings that You do unless God is with Him.’ Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ Nicodemus said to Him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of god. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, you must be born again. The wind blows where it whishes, and you heard the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness.”