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Some things just should be known.
John 3.9-10 – Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”
10 Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?”
Nicodemus already told Jesus that he thought he was a teacher who had come from God (John 3.2). All of God’s teachers who had come before Jesus spoke of God’s renewal of Israel. Nicodemus should have recognized that Jesus was standing in the great traditions of his people.
What do we not know about God that we should know? If Jesus is the most sublime subject any human could study, why are we ignorant of basic aspects of his life and teachings?
People don’t believe because they can’t. They don’t believe because the won’t.
John 3.11-12 – “Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?”
Jesus’ life and ministry is God’s solution to our human problem. If we are not humble enough to understand that we have a problem, then we won’t look to his solution. One of the gifts of hitting “rock bottom” in life is that we then look up and find the One who gives meaning to life.
Jesus is uniquely qualified to tell people what is really real.
John 3.13-15 – “No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”
Jesus has come from heaven to earth to tell humanity what is really real. He is the only person to have ever done this. That is why learning from his actions and words is the greatest quest a person can seek. As we seek him, we find he gives us the best life possible here and now – and heaven later.
Baptisms that brought tears to our eyes.
John 3.16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
This verse is one of the most profound truths in all of God’s word. This word points to Scripture and to history, showing God’s transforming love.
We ended our worship service, yesterday, with several baptisms. We believe in the priesthood of the believer, so non-clergy conduct the baptisms.
A mother prayed for her daughter, while her step-father baptized her. A newly sober man was baptized by his former drug dealer. An AA sponsor baptized a man he is sponsoring. Two ladies who are experiencing the new life from Jesus captured the joy of God’s love when one baptized the other.
With each baptism we both applauded and wiped tears of joy from our eyes. It is a pure joy to see the truth of God’s love displayed in new and abundant life. To the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be praise!
Dear God, It will take all of eternity for people to tell you how much we love you. Your love produces love and life in us. We praise you and trust you today.
Please join other readers of real-voices.com in praising God for his love. If you haven’t opened your life to his love, you may pray what I prayed years ago, “Jesus, I give my life to you.” Thanks for your encouraging comments.