by Marvin D. Patterson

Jesus Wants to be Your Valentine
Marvin Patterson
John 3:1-16

Attention: Do you have a Valentine for Valentine's Day?
A little boy asked his father, ''Daddy, how much does it cost to get married?''
And the father replied, ''I don't know, son, I'm still paying for it.''
Proposition: The Greatest Valentine you could ever receive is Jesus Christ!

Webster defines a Valentine as A sweetheart or choice made on Valentine's Day.
Let us look into the Word of God this morning and see the greatest love of anyone for a Valentine choice!

1- The Interest of Nicodemus
1There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

Nicodemus is a religious man, but a lost man. He is a Pharisee, which means that he was a part of a small, elect group of religious leaders in the Nation of Israel. He is also a part of an elite group of 70 men who ruled the Nation of Israel called the Sanhedrin. The problem was that religion has never saved anyone. The Pharisees were very strict in adhering to the Law of Moses, to the point that they had taken the law and made up a lot more man made rules which neither they, nor the people could keep. Nicodemus is a ruler, otherwise known as a chief or a prince of the Jews. HE is the master teacher, as Jesus points out in verse 10. Now this religious man, who was the best-known teacher in Israel, realizes that there is something that is missing in his life. There is a void and a longing for something more than he was getting in the religious world of the Pharisees.

According to Josephus, 6,000 existed at the time of Herod the Great. Jesus condemned them for their hyper-concentration on externalizing religion (rules and regulations) rather than inward spiritual transformation (vv. 3, 7). Nicodemus. Although Nicodemus was a Pharisee, ...

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