That was not the mind of the author. A Young Earth Planetarium. Maybe he was studying the Torah. Nicodemus, for example, is man for whom not to decide is to decide. John 19:39 – Nicodemus brings a hundred pounds of perfumes for Jesus’ burial. John 3.1-17 3.1 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. For no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God. John 3:16-21 John 3:16-21 Reflection 16 God loved the world so much that he gave his only son, so that whoever believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. This is not without reason. Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world. And they came and were baptized. It was making his mind race when he lay down to sleep. He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth [the worldly person]. John's Gospel: A … Behold--calling attention, as to some wonderful exhibition, little as the world sees to admire.This verse is connected with the previous 1 John 2:29, thus: All our doing of righteousness is a mere sign that God, … The first one into the pool after each such disturbance would be cured of whatever disease they had. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. These are words of encouragement written to a community that is troubled by schism. Click here to listen to the Sermon as preached at the 10.00 Eucharist on Sunday the 12th. Lord our God, You have quenched our thirst for life with the water of baptism. There is nothing wrong with Ambien; sometimes people go through life stages where they need help falling and staying asleep. 1:1 … is love extends to all mankind and he gladly welcomes any repentant sinner into his royal family (see John 1:12–13; 6:37) Still, there’s more going on in John 3:16 than a generic reference to God’s infinite love. John 3:16-21 The Word of God . 1, 2. Mark 1:8 – John baptizes with water, but Jesus will baptize with the Spirit. Church and ministry leadership resources to better equip, train and provide ideas for today's church and ministry leaders, like you. This in itself is not an indication of love or of our status in Christ. In the Prologue (Jn. First of all, he was a Jewish leader. God's love for us is both deeper and wider than we could even imagine. I became vaguely aware that someone had sat down in the chair next to mine. A lot of people today prefer it too. Then a leaflet was put in front of my face with the heading: "How to be born again" and I heard a man's voice ask, "Wouldn't you like to read something of more eternal significance than this magazine? But if he is sent from God, why has he not studied with our rabbis? King James Version John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. When Waking Up is Falling Asleep, "The Church supports the use of vaccinations", The GOP's Double Standard on Christianity, The Soul of Gospel Music Explored in New Netflix Series "Voices of Fire", Seven Ways to Think About Christian Mysticism. Not everyone Jesus meets embraces that opportunity. Here you will find sermons, comments on current Anglican and Lutheran affairs and reflections on the need for progressive orthodox Christians to re-claim our place on the theological stage. Keep turning the desert of our arid lives into a paradise of joy and peace, that we may bear fruits of holiness, justice and love. They're saying he is the Messiah, the Son sent from God. Numbers 21:6 – Moses made and set-up the serpent. This Gospel passage begins with the words: “God so loved the world that God sent the only begotten Son.” I wonder how many times throughout the years we have heard these simple yet powerful words? In any case, both of them are Word of God. Nicodemus falls into the trap we often do when we meet someone famous: we start babbling about how great we think they are. Nicodemus comes into the light out of the darkness, temporarily. John's Gospel is the opposite of the game "Show and Tell." 2:1). * 1 a Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. If 1 John had a social media footprint, this week’s status update would read, “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God” (1 John 3:1). Rabbis often stayed up late studying scripture. It does, however, contain a mystery and a miracle. The reflection represents only my own point of view, intended to help prepare myself for the Lord’s day and perhaps spark a meaningful discussion. 4 From time to time an angel of the Lord would come down and stir up the waters. What is Nicodemus doing up at this hour? --- we need to be born ‘again’ but Reflection on John 3:16 Most Christians believe that God sent his Son to save us. BROTHERLY LOVE THE ESSENCE OF TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS. God's love is at the very center of God's action in the world. In the Prologue (Jn. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Commonwealth, II.XX: How to Get Rich in Socialist Utopia. • John 3:16… Chapter 2 tells of the wedding at Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine (2:1-11) and the cleansing of the temple (2:13-22). But John 3:16 is not magic. For a being, himself immutably holy, can never dispense with the want of holiness in his intelligent creatures. It is a holy God. What does that say about us?". In John's Gospel, night is a symbol for the life that results when one rejects Jesus, refuses to receive him and believe in him. ", Please also opt me in for Exclusive Offers from Patheos’s Partners. I ended up in the dark on narrow, bendy roads. As I imagine the scene, Jesus looks at him expectantly. If it hadn't been for the yellow signs with black arrows on them where the road curved, I'd have driven off the road into a field of darkness at least once or twice. (Jhn 3:22-30) John puts Jesus in the preeminent place. If we believe in him (John 3) through faith [1], we would be saved. The books also address deceivers who spread false teachings and fear rather than love. To the twentieth century Christian, Nicodemus has several strikes against him. Matthew 3:11 (John 1:26, 31, 33) – John baptized with water for repentance, but Jesus with the Holy Spirit. (3:4). 1. Lectionary Reflections March 20, 2011 John 3:1-16 Second Sunday in Lent . These difficulties hold true especially for the continuous ability to keep Jesus at the top of our mind and actions. What complicates the journey is not our being poor, ostracized, or neglected but rather self-desire and evil that subtly weave into our lives. John's gospel conveys to us that believing in Jesus means more than just reciting an affirmation of faith. How about independent watchdogs holding lying pols accountable? (Anothen in the Greek can be rendered "born from above" or "born again.") John 3:16 is arguably one of the most familiar, most memorized, most quoted, most beloved, most likely-to-be-held-up-at-a-sporting-event passage in all of Christian Scripture. I drove there from my home in Allen, Texas, a town about thirty miles north of Dallas. Can one enter a second time into the mother's womb and be born?" A few years ago, I was invited to Anthony, Kansas to preach a series of sermons. The text of today’s Gospel, for example, is a beautiful and profound reflection of the Evangelist on the action of Jesus. 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. Living Water in a Dry and Thirsty Land: Reflectio... What Is REAL? Jesus opens his door and is backlit by the oil lamps in his room. This morning’s Gospel reading is John 3:16 … John 3:16. Reflection: John 3:16-21  Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Easter – John 3:16-21. Our greatest problem is not cancer, poverty, or death. You can opt out of these offers at any time. It is also the passage that a homiletics professor threw down like a gauntlet in my senior year in seminary, declaring “it is not possible to preach this text in a post-modern, multi-cultural context.” B. John the Baptist's final testimony about Jesus. If he is sent from God, why is he critical of our practices? Many of us are more used to the translation "born again." 1. But on the point of ‘for whom is the redemption applied to’, there is some disagreement. How Awake Are We? The reference to the world certainly means that God’s love is as wide as creation itself. I picked up a women's magazine and was intently reading an article called, "How to supercharge your metabolism." "Born again? After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He remained with them and baptized. For previous Green Room entries, click here. John 3:16 and the journey from darkness to light – Catholic World … With the John 3:1-15 appears to end our Savior's conversation with Nicodemus; the remarks which follow, John 3:16-21, inclusive, being probably the comments made by John upon the conversation; for they resemble very much, both in sentiment and diction, the composition of the evangelist, while they are unlike the sayings of the Savior. Well, here is the deal: No one can see (participate in, experience) the kingdom of God without being born from above." Liturgy Pacific is the on-line presence of Richard Geoffrey Leggett, Vicar of Holy Trinity Cathedral in New Westminster and Professor Emeritus of Liturgical Studies at Vancouver School of Theology. EXEGESIS: JOHN 2, 7, AND 19. It's based on John I left Allen at 3:15 in the afternoon and got to Anthony at 9:30 at night. John 3:1-21.NIGHT INTERVIEW OF NICODEMUS WITH JESUS. A Prominent Creationist Has Died. I wonder if they're right, because how can he make wine out of water if he is not sent from God? Reflection on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18; Reflection on Matthew 4:12-23; Reflection on Psalm 40:1-11 January (2) 2007 (19) December (5) November (1) October (3) September (1) August (2) Election results, an amicus brief, ‘atheists in foxholes’ & a secular... What Is the Purpose of Spiritual Gifts, and How Do You Discover Yours? 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. I was in the waiting area at our local Discount Tire store last week waiting for my new tires to be put on my car. How can anyone be born after having grown old? It shows us what happens when the Wisdom and Word of God Incarnate encounters various individuals, each of whom reminds us of an aspect of our own lives. THE CONTEXT. You want to get into the kingdom of God, don't you? 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