August 6, 2016

Today you should read: John 3:1-21

If you have not been reminded lately of the Gospel don’t worry, today John reminds us of the miracle that Jesus creates new life from dead people.

Verses 1-15: Nicodemus

This man Nicodemus comes to Jesus with questions, which is interesting since he is a Pharisee and by that standard has extensive knowledge of scripture. Many who claim to follow Jesus have a lot of knowledge, but is there a true understanding and heart of belief? Nicodemus does not understand what it means to be born again. Jesus explains that this is not a literal re-birth of a person from their mother’s womb. Rather it is the most incredible miracle. Jesus is telling Nicodemus that this world is broken and man is dead, and because of this there is separation from the Father. However, through Jesus’ death and resurrection (Son of Man being lifted up) Jesus conquers sin and has made a way for the dead to be made alive as a new creation. Just like Nicodemus, we often let our own pride and “knowledge” hold us back from being able to see and experience truth.

Verses 16-21: The Most Popular Verse

Most likely if you have been in a church ever in your life you have heard John 3:16. It is one of the clearest descriptions of the Gospel and what Jesus has done for us. We just looked at a person who could not understand the truths that Jesus was saying, and now we see the basics of the Gospel clearly stated. Jesus came to earth to rescue us from the brokenness that we put ourselves in through His sacrifice on the cross. He took the punishment that we deserved so that we could be saved from it.

It is a good practice to remind yourself of the Gospel regularly. The Gospel is not a one-time thing that is only true at salvation. The Gospel is also a sanctifying force that brings life from death.

Have you taken time to remind yourself of the Gospel?

Do you believe in your heart and mind that this is true?

Take some time to meditate on this passage and respond to the Spirit as He speaks into your life.

By: Dakota Gragg

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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