This passage of scripture is both familiar and very special to me as these are the words I shared with my daughters when they were both saved at five years old. They are so simple a child can understand yet so profound at the same time.
Here is how Jesus testified to the truth.
Nicodemus, a Jewish leader, came to Jesus after dark investigating who He really was. He acknowledges God has sent Jesus to teach them miraculous signs. The miracles and signs were evidence that God had sent Jesus.
Jesus confirms need to be born again. Nicodemus took Jesus literally then He explained that the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life just as humans produce human life.
Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3 He then compares the Holy Spirit to wind, you can’t tell where it’s coming from or where it’s going.
Nicodemus still didn’t understand the spiritual truth because his eyes hadn’t been opened to it. “I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. but if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things?” John 3: 11
Jesus states that no one has ever gone to heaven and returned, but Jesus has come down from heaven.
He points to the Old Testament story of Moses and Bronze Snake as a picture of His death on the cross. Just as the Israelites looked to the bronze snake and lived, so too, can we look to Jesus for eternal life.
The crux of the message is this, I’ll quote it as to not take away from the power of His words, “For this is how God loved the world. He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16
“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.” John 3:18
And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wantsJohn 3:19-21
May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you,
See you back for day 4 tomorrow.