Summary: All people can experience eternal life through belief in Jesus.
Who Is This Jesus?
3. He is the source of eternal life
September 25/26, 2004
MAIN IDEA: All people can experience eternal life through belief in Jesus.
1. Every person needs to be born of the Spirit. (John 3:1-8)
2. We experience spiritual birth through belief in Jesus. (John 3:9-18)
a. Jesus can deliver this because he is the Son of Man (John 3:9-13, Dan. 7:13-14, Rev. 1:10-18)
b. Jesus can deliver this because he was lifted up (Num. 21:1-9) and removed us from under the curse of God’s wrath. (John 3:14-18)
3. When we are born of the Spirit, we are set free from self-centered living. (John 3:19-30)
Who is this Jesus?
Over the past 2 weeks we’ve looked at the first two chapters of John. We’ve learned a few very important things about Him already. From chapter one we learned he is God in the flesh. Not only was he with God – but he IS God. Last week as Terry taught us, Jesus is the one who can bring real change to our lives if we allow him to – he can turn our common water into the finest of wines, and that he is jealous for our complete devotion to Him.
Today we have the privilege of looking at one of the most oft-quoted verses of the Bible – and one of the most important/foundational ideas for us to understand. Today as we look at chapter 3 of the gospel of John, we’re going to understand that Jesus is the source of eternal life – and that all of us can experience eternal life, if we’ll follow the instructions the word of God gives us.
Background: Jesus has just cleared the temple of those who made a mockery of worshiping God and had a small debate with the Jewish religious leaders over his authority to do this. We pick up the story now in John 3:1.
John 3:1 ¶ Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council.
John 3:2 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.”
John 3:3 ¶ In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
John 3:4 ¶ “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!”
Here I don’t think Nicodemus really thinks Jesus is advocating we somehow enter our mother’s womb – he’s asking the same question we ask ourselves sometimes. Can I really have a new start? Is it possible that with all my habits and experiences and failures and successes I can really be born AGAIN?
John 3:5 ¶ Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
John 3:6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
John 3:7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’
John 3:8 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.”