by Tony Nester

Born Again
Tony R. Nester
John 3:1-16

If you want to know the truth about religion then Nicodemus is your man. He was a Pharisee. That tells us that he took God with utmost seriousness. Pharisees were renown for the seriousness of their commitment to uphold every aspect of the Law of Moses. He was a leader of the Jews. That tells us that he sought out the truth. As a leader it was his responsibility to lead his people in the right spiritual path. He came to Jesus and called Jesus "Rabbi". That tells us that he was teachable. In fact, Nicodemus was willing to take risks in order to learn the truth about religion. While other Pharisees had rejected Jesus, Nicodemus was willing to risk his standing with his fellow Pharisees in order to find out for himself what Jesus had to teach.

Nicodemus did learn the truth that night. Jesus gave Nicodemus the test by which we may judge whether or not we have entered into genuine Christianity.
Are you a real Christian?
Are you saved?
Have you been redeemed?
Have you begun to walk in the path that leads to eternal life?
Are you a child of God?

All these questions find their answer in the words that Jesus spoke to Nicodemus. And these words of our Lord have ever since been the litmus test of true Christianity.

This morning we explore the conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus.

(John 3:1-2 NRSV) "Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. {2} He came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.""

Nicodemus was drawn to Jesus because of the signs that Jesus had worked. Jesus was known as a healer, a miracle worker, and as one who taught the Scriptures with a new authority. Nicodemus wasn't convinced yet that Jesus was the Messiah, but he couldn't deny that God was powerfully present in Jesus -- no one could perform the signs that Jesus had ...

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