We come this Sunday to a justly famous passage: John 3. Anybody who knows anything about the Bible knows about John 3. You must be born again! For God so loved the world! And most of us have an at least preliminary understanding of what those passages mean. And yet, lest you presume that this week might be “just review,” keep in mind that Nicodemus was no slouch. He was a recognized teacher of Israel. He spent a lifetime learning the Bible. He could probably run circles around any of us when it came to Scripture. And yet Jesus’ words perplexed him. Why? Was he just being obtuse? Maybe, but it might also be the case that Jesus is saying something quite surprising.
Passages for Meditation
- 1 Peter 1:22-23. What initiates the new birth we now enjoy? Are there other places in Scripture that use this language to talk about redemption? How else does the Bible discuss this concept?
- Ezekiel 18:25-32
- John 3:1-21. Try to listen to this passage for the first time. Why might Nicodemus be confused? Is his confusion legitimate? Why might Jesus be frustrated with Nicodemus (or is he)?
Questions for Consideration
- Does being “born again” sound like a good thing? What would change if you “started over?” What would have to change? What would you have to give up?
- Jesus did not come to condemn the world (3:17). Does that mean there will be no judgement? What happens if we reject the testimony of Jesus?
- By contrast, what does it mean to “come into the light?” What does such a life look like?
Hymns for Proclamation
- 78- Bless the Lord My Soul
- 558- That man is Blest Who, Fearing God. We will sing this after listening to the Ezekiel passage above. What are some connections between the two?
- 508- Jesus Lover of My Soul.
Join us this evening for a Sabbath Symposium. Tommy will be speaking for a bit about what he was doing in Ukraine, followed by an “ask anything” discussion of the Bible