John Chapter 3b

March 23, 2010

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on the Book of John. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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John 3:16-36 (NIV)
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” 22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were constantly coming to be baptized. 24 (This was before John was put in prison.) 25 An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. 26 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan–the one you testified about–well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.” 27 To this John replied, “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less. 31 “The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”

John 3:16-17

The contrast between the law and grace is amazing. The Law seems to be a very impersonal and dispassionate demand for justice and goodness. And yet God, is love. He is consumed with a passionate love for the world

This passionate love and grace is demonstrated in the giving of His Son Jesus, to make a way for us. For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son.

So that through Him, and His death on the cross, we might have eternal life. The idea of eternity carries with it more than just living forever, it is being connected to the very life of God. We become His children!

John 3:18-36

If God hadn’t acted on our behalf, through Christ, we would have no hope. Apart from this life, all are perishing. There is no way to impress God with our own righteousness, trying to tip the cosmic scales in our favor by doing more good things than bad things.

He whole idea of a moral light, demonstrates that man’s response over and over again is to choose darkness. It doesn’t mean that we always choose evil, it just means that we all have sometimes made the choice for evil in our lives. We have chosen sin and selfishness over the right choice or decision. How we respond to Jesus, the true light, ultimately determines the outcome of our destinies.

What about Nicodemus?

We aren’t sure at how he responds to this encounter with Jesus. The story shifts back to John the Baptist and how he willingly steps aside to make way for the ministry of Jesus. We do know that we Nicodemus enters into the story at least twice more. Once in John 7:50-51 where he defends Jesus as not being a heretic.

John 7:50-51 (NLT)
50 Nicodemus, the leader who had met with Jesus earlier, then spoke up. 51 “Is it legal to convict a man before he is given a hearing?” he asked.

He also comes into the story after the crucifixion, taking the body of Christ (along with Joseph of Arimathea) and putting it in the tomb.

John 19:38-42 (NLT)
38 Afterward Joseph of Arimathea, who had been a secret disciple of Jesus (because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate for permission to take Jesus’ body down. When Pilate gave him permission, he came and took the body away. 39 Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night, also came, bringing about seventy-five pounds of embalming ointment made from myrrh and aloes. 40 Together they wrapped Jesus’ body in a long linen cloth with the spices, as is the Jewish custom of burial. 41 The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before. 42 And so, because it was the day of preparation before the Passover and since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

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