Doctors prescribe sleep medications for people whose minds race at night, whose thoughts are like those fireworks that keep shooting off new displays from the center of the old ones. 1:1 … Reflections on John 3.1-16, An Ordo for the Second Sunday in Lent (12 March 2017), Putting the Pieces Together: Reflections on Lent 1. 1 John 3:7-10. John 3:16 and the journey from darkness to light – Catholic World … Reflection: John 3:16-21  Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Easter – John 3:16-21. 1 John 3:1-24.DISTINGUISHING MARKS OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD AND THE CHILDREN OF THE DEVIL. Footnotes. "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher sent from God. He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth [the worldly person]. God's love paved the path on the road to the cross. 1:1-14), John tells us who Jesus is, the Word and Wisdom of God made flesh. EXEGESIS: JOHN 2, 7, AND 19. CHAPTER 3. John 3.1-17 3.1 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. John's Gospel is the opposite of the game "Show and Tell." 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. God's love for us is both deeper and wider than we could even imagine. Reflection on John 3:16-21 ~ In the words of St. John of the Cross, “The Blessed Trinity inhabits the soul by divinely illumining its intellect with the wisdom of the Son, delighting its will in the Holy Spirit, and absorbing it powerfully and mightily in the unfathomed embrace of the … 1 John 3:1.The apostle, in the last verse of the preceding chapter, having declared that every one who worketh righteousness is born of God, begins the chapter with an exclamation expressive of his high admiration of the love of God in calling them his children, although they are not acknowledged to be such by the men of the world, because carnal men have no just notion of the character of God. For no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God. 1. BROTHERLY LOVE THE ESSENCE OF TRUE RIGHTEOUSNESS. This seemed odd because I was in the middle of a row of empty chairs. I think Nicodemus was in such a stage in his life because he couldn't decide what to do with Jesus. All of these encounters prove that, in John's Gospel, it is a risky thing to be engaged in conversation by Jesus. (Anothen in the Greek can be rendered "born from above" or "born again.") For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Watch Your Blind Spot: Reflections on John 9.1-41. 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. I wonder if they're right, because how can he make wine out of water if he is not sent from God? 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. 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) How about independent watchdogs holding lying pols accountable? Previous Sunday Reflections from the main page can be found here. 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. * 1 a Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Commonwealth, II.XX: How to Get Rich in Socialist Utopia. That was how Nicodemus heard it and he interpreted it in a literal sense. Or maybe his Ambien had worn off. Nicodemus came to Jesus at night along his fevered mind's winding roads. 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, … You can opt out of these offers at any time. God's love is at the very center of God's action in the world. These people include the royal official, the crowds, the disciples, the woman caught in adultery, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, the man born blind, the High Priest and Pilate, the man by the pool in John 5, the woman at the well in John 4, and Nicodemus, "a leader of the Jews," in John 3. If we believe in him (John 3) through faith [1], we would be saved. 2:1). * 2 He came to Jesus at 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 are doing unless God is with him.” b 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God without … For previous Green Room entries, click here. The text of today’s Gospel, for example, is a beautiful and profound reflection of the Evangelist on the action of Jesus. Nicodemus. After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He remained with them and baptized. John 3:16-21 The Word of God . Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world. (3:1) One’s initial temptation in being introduced to Nicodemus is to berate and belittle. It's based on John I drove there from my home in Allen, Texas, a town about thirty miles north of Dallas. Like the Prologue to a Greek tragedy, this information sets the audience up to know things the characters in the story do not. ", Please also opt me in for Exclusive Offers from Patheos’s Partners. Here is Nicodemus late at night, knock knock knockin' on Jesus' door. It does, however, contain a mystery and a miracle. The people can hardly notice the difference between when Jesus speaks and when the Evangelist does. 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. 1 John 03 (Contemporary English Version) ... (3:16) We don't have to be a Christian to show acts of kindness toward other people. 2) Gospel Reading - John 5:1-16 Have you been born again? Nicodemus--In this member of the Sanhedrim sincerity and timidity are seen struggling together.. 2. came to Jesus by night--One of those superficial "believers" mentioned in John 2:23 John 2:24, yet inwardly craving further satisfaction, Nicodemus comes to Jesus in quest of it, but comes "by night" (see John 19:38 John … I ended up in the dark on narrow, bendy roads. There is nothing wrong with Ambien; sometimes people go through life stages where they need help falling and staying asleep. It's "Tell and Show." Lord our God, You have quenched our thirst for life with the water of baptism. 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? I left Allen at 3:15 in the afternoon and got to Anthony at 9:30 at night. Numbers 21:6 – Moses made and set-up the serpent. John's Gospel: A … In the Prologue (Jn. 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). I started out when it was light on wide, straight roads. "Born again? In any case, both of them are Word of God. 1, 2. Lectionary Reflections March 20, 2011 John 3:1-16 Second Sunday in Lent . Nicodemus falls into the trap we often do when we meet someone famous: we start babbling about how great we think they are. How Awake Are We? 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. John 5:1-16 Reflection ~ In the ordinary course of accepting Jesus as Savior, there will be obstacles in the way. Church and ministry leadership resources to better equip, train and provide ideas for today's church and ministry leaders, like you. And they came and were baptized. Mark 1:8 – John baptizes with water, but Jesus will baptize with the Spirit. 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. 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. Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there. 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. THE CONTEXT. We are inclined to think of him as the man who was so cowardly that he had to sneak into his interview with Jesus by cover of darkness. What complicates the journey is not our being poor, ostracized, or neglected but rather self-desire and evil that subtly weave into our lives. CHAPTER 3. 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. For a being, himself immutably holy, can never dispense with the want of holiness in his intelligent creatures. Little, or beloved children, let no man deceive you — In this important matter, by vain words, however serious and plausible they may seem to be. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) John 3:1-17 . To the twentieth century Christian, Nicodemus has several strikes against him. (3:4). 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. Six lessons based on John 3:16 New International Version John 3:16 - "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. Lord, hear our prayer through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 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. 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? After this initial "Tell," the rest of the Gospel is the "Show." On the surface, it appears that God will save people on the basis of simply accepting of Jesus Christ as Savior. I like my personal space while I'm waiting for my tires. But now look at verses 31-36. How can anyone be born after having grown old? The less obvious, but I would argue more important, challenge is not allowing the world’s most famous Bible verse to cloud the significant and even scandalous message of Jesus … Continue reading "Commentary on John 3:1-17" It is a holy God. It was making his mind race when he lay down to sleep. 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. He is not the only one who prefers to understand "born again" (anothen) in a literal way. John's Gospel is the opposite of the game "Show and Tell." we cannot unless we are born ‘from above’. Rabbis often stayed up late studying scripture. This is not without reason. Identity Politics vs. Transactional Politics. 1. B. John the Baptist's final testimony about Jesus. A few years ago, I was invited to Anthony, Kansas to preach a series of sermons. Living Water in a Dry and Thirsty Land: Reflectio... What Is REAL? It leads to a challenge and a chance for transformation. These difficulties hold true especially for the continuous ability to keep Jesus at the top of our mind and actions. A Young Earth Planetarium. The books also address deceivers who spread false teachings and fear rather than love. Jesus opens his door and is backlit by the oil lamps in his room. Well, here is the deal: No one can see (participate in, experience) the kingdom of God without being born from above." • John 3:16… That was not the mind of the author. 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. His Legacy? "I know why you are here. In the Prologue (Jn. They're saying he is the Messiah, the Son sent from God. These are words of encouragement written to a community that is troubled by schism. Lectionary Reflections March 20, 2011John 3:1-16Second Sunday in Lent. A lot of people today prefer it too. Reflection on John 3:16 Most Christians believe that God sent his Son to save us. I became vaguely aware that someone had sat down in the chair next to mine. 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). Can one enter a second time into the mother's womb and be born?" The obvious challenge in preaching this reading may seem to be how to say anything fresh, meaningful, and new about the world’s most famous Bible verse. Maybe Nicodemus' thoughts went like this: "I heard he turned water into wine (Jn. Not everyone Jesus meets embraces that opportunity. What does that say about us?". 1 John, 2 John, 3 John reminds believers to show God's light and love as they stay true to their beliefs. ", Jesus, not an easy mark for flattery, cuts right to the chase. 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.” John 5:2 Some manuscripts Bethzatha; other manuscripts Bethsaida; John 5:4 Some manuscripts include here, wholly or in part, paralyzed—and they waited for the moving of the waters. This morning’s Gospel reading is John 3:16 … 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. --- we need to be born ‘again’ but 6. Election results, an amicus brief, ‘atheists in foxholes’ & a secular... What Is the Purpose of Spiritual Gifts, and How Do You Discover Yours? A cursory reading of the Gospel as a whole can give the impression that the world is evil. He who comes from heaven [Christ] is … Matthew 3:11 (John 1:26, 31, 33) – John baptized with water for repentance, but Jesus with the Holy Spirit. But John 3:16 is not magic. 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 on the point of ‘for whom is the redemption applied to’, there is some disagreement. In it, we find the very core of the good news. Nicodemus comes into the light out of the darkness, temporarily. 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. But if he is sent from God, why has he not studied with our rabbis? The apostle’s words imply, that some pretenders to inspiration had endeavoured to deceive the brethren, by … If he is sent from God, why is he critical of our practices? The first one into the pool after each such disturbance would be cured of whatever disease they had. 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. 1) Opening prayer. You Must Be Born Again (John 3:1-21). As I imagine the scene, Jesus looks at him expectantly. You want to get into the kingdom of God, don't you? First of all, he was a Jewish leader. Nicodemus, for example, is man for whom not to decide is to decide. John's gospel conveys to us that believing in Jesus means more than just reciting an affirmation of faith. John 3:1-21.NIGHT INTERVIEW OF NICODEMUS WITH JESUS. CHAPTER 3. My car's bright beams weren't bright enough for these roads. It's "Tell and Show." This in itself is not an indication of love or of our status in Christ. Whatever were the details of the split — … Continue reading "Commentary on 1 John 3:1-3" John 19:39 – Nicodemus brings a hundred pounds of perfumes for Jesus’ burial. Click here to listen to the Sermon as preached at the 10.00 Eucharist on Sunday the 12th. Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! I picked up a women's magazine and was intently reading an article called, "How to supercharge your metabolism." Maybe he was studying the Torah. This Children's Sermon will teach kids about Jesus and Nicodemus. I discovered something on that drive: It's easier to find your way in the light. The verse is not some talisman. The reference to the world certainly means that God’s love is as wide as creation itself. A Prominent Creationist Has Died. (Jhn 3:22-30) John puts Jesus in the preeminent place. John 3:16. From time to time you will also receive Special Offers from our partners that help us make this content free for you. Our greatest problem is not cancer, poverty, or death. Many of us are more used to the translation "born again." His fevered mind 's winding roads aware that someone had sat down in way... 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