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Second Birth (4 of 4)
Series: Gospel Fire
I want you to take your bible and turn please to the text in John chapter 3. I want to talk to you about a birth that is very important. A birth that is very important. A man was talking to his friend and he said you look worried. He said I am worried. My wife is expecting a child. And he said, well what is to be worried about? He said, well, the first time she was expecting a child I was reading the book, "The Tale of Two Cities" and she had twins. He said the second time she was expecting a child I was reading "The Three Musketeers" and she had triplets. He said, now she is expecting again and I am reading the book, "The Birth of a Nation." He said I don't know what is going to happen!
Well, I want to tell you about a birth that is very important, the new birth, the second birth. Jesus said that you must be born again. And I want you to look at what the bible says in this passage beginning in verse 1.
Now I find Nicodemus one of the most interesting men in all the bible. The bible says he came to Jesus by night. I believe Nicodemus was a very sincere man. I don't think he came to Jesus by night to avoid the crowd or because he didn't want to be seen with Jesus, I believe he came to Jesus by night because there was something weighing on his heart, on his mind and on his conscience and he could not wait until morning to approach the Lord Jesus. I believe Nicodemus had no peace in his heart; he had no assurance of eternal life. In spite of the fact that he was a member of his church, that he was an upstanding man in his community, something was missing in his life and so he came to Jesus in sincerity.
Not only that, but Nicodemus is a superior man. The bible says he was a Pharisee. That means he went to church every time he was suppose to go to church, that means that he presided over the religious assemblies. He was a ruler of the Jews, which means he was recogn ...
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