Scripture: John 3. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Most of the Pharisees were jealous of Jesus because he undermined their authority and disagreed with their views. Nicodemus was a Pharisee who did believe that Jesus had some answers, and he went to Jesus to be taught. He would visit Jesus after dark because he was afraid of what his fellow Pharisees would think. Jesus explained to Nicodemus that we cannot control the work of the Holy Spirit, for he works in ways that we cannot understand. John, the Baptist, had disciples of his own; however, they were worried because people were following Jesus instead of him (John). John explained that God had given him some work to do, so he would follow it until God called him to do something else. Jesus’ testimony was very trustworthy, and his words were God’s words. Follow along in John, Chapter 3, as we continue our “30-Day Walk with Jesus” series!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Nicodemus came to Jesus in order to be taught. We, as believers, must always keep an open mind and heart so that we can continue to learn the truth about God. Jesus will one day return to save us and rid the world from evil; all people will know that He is the son of the Most High God, and no one will be able to doubt! By studying God’s Word, we can better understand our God and the salvation that He offers. God’s love for His children is amazing; it reaches out and draws others in. God wants us to share the Good News with others, loving as Jesus does. We must be willing to give up our own comfort and security so that others can feel God’s love. God put us on this earth to influence others to follow Christ. John 3:16-21 states, “16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” 🙂 We have been invited to accept Jesus and to live with Him and Father God in eternity! 🙂
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to forgive others who have hurt us and make things right with those we hurt. Please help us to love others, just like you love us. Help us to always be honest people, and let our attitudes and actions be pleasing to You, Father. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. Please cure the world from sicknesses, diseases, and disabilities. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.