John 2:10—3:19 revolve 2010 the water knew. The master of the wedding called the bridegroom 10and said to him, “People always serve the best wine first. Later, after the guests have been drinking awhile, they serve the cheaper wine. But you have saved the best wine till now.” 11 So in Cana of Galilee Jesus did his first miracle. There he showed his glory, and his followers believed in him.
Jesus in the Temple After this, Jesus went to the town of Capernaum with his mother, brothers, and followers. They stayed there for just a few days. 13When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover Feast, Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14 In the Temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves. He saw others sitting at tables, exchanging different kinds of money. 15Jesus made a whip out of cords and forced all of them, both the sheep and cattle, to leave the Temple. He turned over the tables and scattered the money of those who were exchanging it. 16Then he said to those who were selling pigeons, “Take these things out of here! Don’t make my Father’s house a place for buying and selling!” 17 When this happened, the followers remembered what was written in the Scriptures: “My strong love for your Temple completely controls me.”n 18 Some of his people said to Jesus, “Show us a miracle to prove you have the right to do these things.” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will build it again in three days.” 12
They answered, “It took forty-six years to build this Temple! Do you really believe you can build it again in three days?” 21 (But the temple Jesus meant was his own body. 22After Jesus was raised from the dead, his followers remembered that Jesus had said this. Then they believed the Scripture and the words Jesus had said.) 23 When Jesus was in Jerusalem for the Passover Feast, many people believed in him because they saw the miracles he did. 24 But Jesus did not believe in them because he knew them all. 25He did not need anyone to tell him about people, because he knew what was in people’s minds. 20
Nicodemus Comes to Jesus
There was a man named Nicodemus who was one of the Pharisees and an impor tant Jewish leader. 2One night Nicodemus came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, we know you are a teacher sent from God, because no one can do the miracles you do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s kingdom.” 4 Nicodemus said, “But if a person is already old, how can he be born again? He cannot enter his mother’s womb again. So how can a person be born a second time?” 5 But Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born from water and the Spirit, you cannot enter God’s kingdom. 6Human life comes from human parents, but spiritual life comes from the Spirit. 7Don’t
be surprised when I tell you, ‘You must all be born again.’ 8The wind blows where it wants to and you hear the sound of it, but you don’t know where the wind comes from or where it is going. It is the same with every person who is born from the Spirit.” 9 Nicodemus asked, “How can this happen?” 10 Jesus said,“You are an important teacher in Israel, and you don’t understand these things? 11I tell you the truth, we talk about what we know, and we tell about what we have seen, but you don’t accept what we tell you. 12I 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. 13The only one who has ever gone up to heaven is the One who came down from heaven—the Son of Man.n 14 “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert,n the Son of Man must also be lifted up. 15So that everyone who believes can have eternal life in him. 16 “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. 17God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through him. 18People 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. 19They are judged by this fact: The Light has come into the world, but they did not want light. They wanted darkness, because they were
Go Greek John 3:3: “Jesus answered, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s kingdom.’ ”
Nicodemus was a Pharisee, a member of the Jewish ruling counsel, who secretly came to Jesus one night to ask him questions about knowing God. Nicodemus knew Jesus was sent from God, but he wasn’t sure how all the pieces fit together. When Jesus told him that he needed to be “born again” to understand the kingdom of God, Nicodemus was confused—how can a person enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time?
Here, the Greek for “born again” means “born again from above.” John 1:12, 13 says that all those that believe in Jesus Christ have the right to become children of God—children born of God. So what does it mean to be “born again”? It means that when we accept God’s grace through Jesus, our old human selves—with our sinful desires and general ungodliness—die and we are remade into a new person that is free to live out God’s will for our lives and to have an eternal relationship with him.
2:17 “My . . . me.” Quotation from Psalm 69:9. 3:13 the Son of Man Some Greek copies continue, “who is in heaven.” 3:14 Moses . . . desert When the Israelites were dying from snakebites, God told Moses to put a bronze snake on a pole. The people who looked at the snake were healed (Numbers 21:4–9).
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