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John 3:1-17

by: Bill Ivey

“How on earth can things like this happen?” replied Nicodemus. John 3:9 (JBP)


Nicodemus was a Pharisee, an observant Jew believing that what was done in the temple must also be carried out in daily life. He came to see Jesus at night, so as not to be seen. He wanted to find out more about who Jesus was. It was a conversation about heaven and the kingdom of God. Jesus challenged this man who was trained in Jewish Law and studied in the Torah. Jesus told him what the Kingdom of God was like – yet he failed to understand with earthly ears. “So you are a teacher of Israel,” said Jesus, “and you do not recognize such things?” So, Jesus upped the ante. “God loves the world so much, he sent his only Son to live among you... Not to pass sentence upon it, bu