Sunday, February 25, 2018

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This Sunday we will have regular worship services, 9:00 am in the sanctuary, 11:00 am in the Bridge, with an education hour for children and adults at 10:00 am.  

This Week’s Scripture Passage:

John 3:1-17

Jesus and Nicodemus

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a Jewish leader. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one could do these miraculous signs that you do unless God is with him.”

Jesus answered, “I assure you, unless someone is born anew,[a] it’s not possible to see God’s kingdom.”

Nicodemus asked, “How is it possible for an adult to be born? It’s impossible to enter the mother’s womb for a second time and be born, isn’t it?”

Jesus answered, “I assure you, unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. Don’t be surprised that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’ God’s Spirit[b] blows wherever it wishes. You hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. It’s the same with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus said, “How are these things possible?”

10 “Jesus answered, “You are a teacher of Israel and you don’t know these things?11 I assure you that we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but you don’t receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Human One.[c] 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so must the Human One[d] be lifted up 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. 16 God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life. 17 God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

Something to Ponder:

Throughout the book of John, he plays with the difference between light and dark.  Nicodemus comes to Jesus under cover of Darkness.  He sets out in the dark to seek the light.  How does this light/dark motif play in this text, and our own lives?

 Prayer for the day~
Blow, wind of god, blow away the tight rules that hold me back from trust, risking, loving.  blow away my sin that stands in the way of encountering my neighbors.  ready me for birth prepare me for risk equip me with courage and vision for the new things that wait around the corner.

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Going Beyond the Text:

The language of the New Testament is Greek.  In this passage the original Greek language that John uses is confusing.  Nicodemus hears Jesus say that he must be born again.  A physical impossibility.  But John’s use of this phrase can also mean Born from Above.  Birth by the Spirit.

Take Home Ideas for Kids:

Nicodemus is brave and ventures out into the night to find Jesus.  He wanted to know the answers to his questions.  How can we be brave like Nicodemus and go find the truth?  Who do we ask questions to?  Who in our church can we ask questions too?