Heavenly Father, speak to us as we open up Your word today. Give us ears to hear, eyes to see, and hearts to listen. Give us today our daily bread, in Jesus’ name, Amen
John 3:16-21, Nicodemus, Part 3.
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.
John 3:16 is the gospel in one sentence. Replace the words “world” and “whoever” with your name and read again. For God so loved………..that He gave His only begotten Son, that if………..believes in Him, shall not perish but shall have eternal life. This is good news. All you have to do is to believe in Jesus and by faith, you will be saved.
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 they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
God sent Christ into the world not to condemn but to save the world through Him. However, those who did not believe in Him will be condemned. The salvation coin has 2 sides, salvation, and condemnation. Those who believe in Christ will be saved but those who did not believe in Christ will be condemned.
19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people 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 their deeds will be exposed.
Jesus, the light of the world (John 8:12), revealed and exposed. Many people reject Jesus because His life and teachings expose their. Romans 3: 10, “As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one”. They preferred to remain in darkness, rather than be exposed to the light.
21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
Whoever believes in Jesus comes into the light because He is light. Whoever walked in the light will not stumble in the dark. John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”.
In John 7: 50-51, Nicodemus defended Jesus in front of the Pharisees. In John 19:39, Nicodemus joined Joseph of Arimathea and gave Him a proper, descent, and honorable Jewish burial. He brought 75 pounds of myrrh and aloes to embalm Jesus’ body. After this encounter, Nicodemus became a secret follower of Jesus. After Jesus’ death, he declared his faith in the open. He came to Jesus by night but came out from Jesus into the light. According to tradition, Nicodemus was removed from the Sanhedrin, excommunicated by the Jews, and banished from Jerusalem.
Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus Christ into the world to save the world. Thank You for the gift of salvation and eternal life, in Jesus’ name, Amen.