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In, John 3:1-13, Jesus gives a kindly rebuke to Nicodemus who came to Jesus wanting to know who Jesus is. Nicodemus was a well-educated man that was well placed in both the religious and civil communities of the period. Although Nicodemus came to Jesus by night, he was a sincere seeker of the truth. Do we come to the Lord as sincere seekers of His truth by laying aside our prejudices, apathy, and biases by honestly seeking the truth of Jesus and His identity?
In John 2:23-25 and John 3:1-13, we see that Nicodemus realized that Jesus’ miracles clearly indicated that Jesus “was from God”; but Nicodemus did not really know that “Jesus is God”. Therefore, Jesus turned Nicodemus’ thinking upside down by sharing with him three illustrations to help the Kingdom of God break through into Nicodemus’ world: 1) birth – “unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God”; 2) the wind (i.e. “Spirit”) – like the Holy Spirit, we don’t know from where the wind blows nor can we control the wind (i.e. don’t box God in; and 3) lifted up -- like Moses’ bronze snake that was lifted up to save the Jews from snake bite death in the desert, the Son of Man (i.e. God’s Son, Jesus) must be lifted up (i.e. on the Cross).
For eternal life, we must be born again from the Spirit; and our Salvation begins with God’s Son, Jesus. Therefore, whoever believes that Jesus is God has eternal life (John 3:16-17) – “. . . believe in the name of the only Son of God”.
Today’s Affirmation: Today, I affirm that because I am in Jesus Christ, my life is about Christ (Philippians 1:21). “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:14).
Scripture Reference (ESV): John 2:23-25; John 3:1-13; Acts 2:2; 2 Corinthians 5:21