Summary: Part 2: Jesus explains to Nicodemus that you can not explain salvation or the power of the Holy Spirit, only experience it.
The Great Commission
Part 2 – Jesus and Nicodemus
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith – www.PS127.org
INTRODUCTION TO SERMON
† Jesus was called, baptized, filled with and the Holy Spirit
† Resisted the Devils attempt to stop His ministry
† Called many disciples to follow Him
† Chose 12 from among the Disciples
† The Ministry begins!
† Jesus cleanses the Temple at the beginning of His ministry, and at the end.
PRAYER FOR HOLY SPIRIT AND UNDERSTANDING
John 3:1 – 21
“1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him."
3 In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."
4 "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!"
5 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ’You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
9 "How can this be?" Nicodemus asked.
10 "You are Israel’s teacher," said Jesus, "and do you not understand these things? 11 I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."
I. Who was Nicodemus?
a. A Pharisee & Ruler of the Jews
b. One of the three richest men in Jerusalem
c. A member of the Sanhedrin
II. He came to Jesus by night.
a. We don’t know why.
b. “We know you are a teacher who has come from God.”
c. Because, no man could do what Jesus did, except God be with him, and He was in the form of the Holy Spirit.
III. Jesus answers Nicodemus.
a. You must be born again, or you cannot see the Kingdom of God.
b. Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand…
c. The Kingdom of God is here and now! Only the saved are part of the Kingdom, and only the saved can see and understand the Kingdom because it is spiritual.
d. People today don’t see it…they miss out on the benefits and blessings as well as the protection, peace and more that come within the Kingdom of God. To SEE it, you have to be part of it.
e. You MUST be born again, Jesus says…
IV. How can a man be born again?
a. This statement shows two things, first Nicodemus did not understand the Kingdom because he was not saved, and second he was not saved!
b. He was a leader of Jews, a Pharisee, one of the three richest men in the land, and he had no hope! Salvation is hope, being born again is where our hope is, and Jesus Christ is our hope!