A Brand New Start by Jerry Vines

A Brand New Start
Jerry Vines
John 3:1-15

I don't know about you, but sometimes I get the feeling I would like to have a brand new start. I want to talk to you about how to have a brand new start. I guess everybody at one time or the other has had the desire to just begin again. We have a lot of middle schoolers here today and it's getting toward the end of the school year. Many times when you come to the end of the year and you are aware of the fact that you aren't really prepared and test time is coming. Sometimes you say, ''My, if I could just start this year over. If I could get a brand new start I would do a whole lot better and I would study harder than I have studied.''

I guess we have a lot of men and ladies here today and you look at your career. You look back at the things you would liked to have done a different way. Maybe sometimes you have wished when it comes to your career you could make a brand new start.

There are probably some of you, husbands and wives, and you look at your marriage and the mistakes you may have made. You look back on your marriage and you say, ''It would really be wonderful if I could go back to the wedding day and from that day just start all over again and have a brand new start.

That's what I want to talk to you about today. How it is possible for a person to begin again, how a person can have a brand new start. I want us to listen in on a conversation which the Lord Jesus Christ had one night with a man named Nicodemus. The Bible tells us a few things about Nicodemus. It tells us that he was a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews. We know from this and from other sources that Nicodemus was at least three things. We know he was a high roller. He was a very wealthy individual. There is word that he was one of the three riches men in all of the city of Jerusalem. In fact, tradition says that Nicodemus was the scientist in the city who devised the water system for the city of Jerusalem.

He was also high profile. He was recognizable in the community. I have a feeling that he was often in the daily newspaper. Probably showed up quite a bit on the evening television news. He was a man who was seen and noticed everywhere.

I little fellow said to me this morning, ''Where's Tony Busselli sitting?'' I said, ''Anywhere he wants to, son.'' There are advantages, and there are also disadvantages of being high profile. But Nicodemus was a high profile individual.

He was also high church. He was a very religious man. On Sunday morning you could always see him getting his family together. They would roll up in the parking lot of the church. They would come in as a family together. We know several things about this man Nicodemus.

This man Nicodemus came to the Lord Jesus Christ one night and the Bible says that he was very complimentary to the Lord. He starts off with a title of respect. He says, ''Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God...'' He recognizes the fact that He was no ordin ...

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