5 Jan. John 3:9-19

5 Jan. God's only Son says 'you're not guilty' to followers.

"Nicodemus asked, 'How can this happen?' Jesus said, 'You are an important teacher in Israel, and you don't understand these things?'... I have told you about things here on earth, and you do not believe me. So you will not believe me if I tell you about things of heaven. The only one who has ever gone up to heaven is the One who came down from heaven - the Son of Man."

"Just as Moses lifted up the [bronze] snake in the desert [to save people dying from snake bites - see Numbers 21:4-9] the Son of Man must also be lifted up [on a cross], so that everyone who believes in him can have eternal life."

"God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life."

"God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through him. People who believe in God's Son are not judged guilty. Those who do not believe have already been judged guilty, because they have not believed in God's one and only Son."

"They are judged by this fact: the Light has come into the world, but they did not want light. They wanted darkness, because they were doing evil things."

          (John 3:9-19)

 

 

Jesus told Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council, that the ‘Son of Man’ – a title that Jesus adopted to show he was the Messiah, the Christ (see Daniel 7:13-14) – would be killed in order to save mankind from wrongdoing and death.

“God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Nicodemus eventually became a secret follower of Jesus, and when Jesus was crucified three years later, Nicodemus – together with his fellow Jewish councillor Joseph of Arimathea – asked Pilate’s permission to bury the body of Jesus (see John 19:38-42).

Are you a follower of Jesus? Now is a good time to make a decision if you haven't done so before.

"People who believe in God's Son are not judged guilty. Those who do not believe have already been judged guilty, because they have not believed in God's one and only Son." (John 3:18)

If you've just said "yes" to Jesus for the first time, or you're thinking about doing so, you'll find some helpful advice on The Bible Journey website under 'Your Own Journey' @ https://www.thebiblejourney.org/your-journey/


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