Jesus and Nicodemus, Ye Must be Born Again – Gospel of John 3
There was a man named Nicodemus. He was a Pharisee, (that is a person who kept the Jewish law) and he was a ruler of the Jews. Nicodemus knew about Jesus and about the miracles he did, and so one night he came to see Jesus and said to him “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God for no man can do the miracles that you do, unless God was with him.”
Jesus answered Nicodemus and said “Truly, truly I say to you, except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him “How can a man be born when he is old? can he go again into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered him and said “Truly, truly I say to you, unless a man is born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (That means that we were born from our mother’s body, but there is another birth which is from God, and that a person will not see God’s kingdom unless he has this new birth from God.)
Nicodemus said to Jesus “How can these things be?” and so Jesus said “Are you a master of Israel, and you don’t know these things? If I have told you earthly things, and you do not believe, how shall you believe if I tell you of heavenly things? No man has gone up to heaven, but he which came down from heaven, even the Son of man who is in heaven. (Jesus was speaking of himself). And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up (that means that Jesus was speaking of his death on the cross that was to come) that whoever believes in him should not die, but have everlasting life. For God so loved the world, (that is the people who are in the world, including you and me) that he gave his only begotten Son, (the Lord Jesus Christ) that whoever believes in him will not die, but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. (The person that believes on Jesus is not condemned, but the person that does not believe is condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ).
After that Nicodemus went away, and Jesus went with his disciples into Judea..
The last we read of Nicodemus is after the Lord Jesus has died on the cross. Along with a man called Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloe, which are spices, to anoint the body of Jesus, and they buried him in a new tomb in a garden. Because Nicodemus did these things for Jesus after he was dead, it would probably be right to say that Nicodemus believed Jesus about his need to be born from heaven, and that he has everlasting life.
1. 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. (John 3:16)
2. Jesus answered and said unto him “verily, verily (truly) I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
1. Who was Nicodemus? Answer: Nicodemus was a Pharisee, a ruler of the Jews.
2. When did he come to Jesus? Answer: By night
3. Why did he come to Jesus? Answer: Because he believed that Jesus was sent from God because of his miracles.
4. What was the most important thing Jesus said to Nicodemus? Answer: You must be born again.
5. What do we hear of Nicodemus after Jesus died on the cross? Answer: Nicodemus helped bury him and brought spices for his body.