John 3

Speaker: Stephen March

Key passage – John Chapter 3

In the New Testament, Jesus’ interaction with Nicodemus is detailed in John 3:1-21. Nicodemus, a Pharisee and a member of the Jewish ruling council, visits Jesus at night. He acknowledges Jesus as a teacher sent from God because of the miraculous signs Jesus performs.

During their conversation, Jesus tells Nicodemus that to see the kingdom of God, one must be “born again.” This confuses Nicodemus, who interprets it literally, wondering how an adult can be born again. Jesus explains that being “born again” means being born of water and the Spirit, emphasizing a spiritual rebirth rather than a physical one.

Jesus further elaborates on the necessity of belief in the Son of Man, hinting at his own future crucifixion by referencing the bronze serpent Moses lifted in the wilderness. He stresses that God sent his Son into the world not to condemn it but to save it, and that eternal life is granted to those who believe in him.

This encounter highlights key themes of Christian doctrine, such as spiritual rebirth, salvation, and the importance of faith in Jesus.

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