Day 3 • Born Again

John 3

1 There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. 2 After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.”

3 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

4 “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”

5 Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. 7 So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”

9 “How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked.

10 Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? 11 I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. 12 But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.

16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. 19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”

John the Baptist Exalts Jesus

22 Then Jesus and his disciples left Jerusalem and went into the Judean countryside. Jesus spent some time with them there, baptizing people.

23 At this time John the Baptist was baptizing at Aenon, near Salim, because there was plenty of water there; and people kept coming to him for baptism. 24 (This was before John was thrown into prison.) 25 A debate broke out between John’s disciples and a certain Jew over ceremonial cleansing. 26 So John’s disciples came to him and said, “Rabbi, the man you met on the other side of the Jordan River, the one you identified as the Messiah, is also baptizing people. And everybody is going to him instead of coming to us.”

27 John replied, “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven. 28 You yourselves know how plainly I told you, ‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for him.’ 29 It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the best man is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success. 30 He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.

31 “He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. We are of the earth, and we speak of earthly things, but he has come from heaven and is greater than anyone else. 32 He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but how few believe what he tells them! 33 Anyone who accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true. 34 For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands. 36 And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.”

  • Jimmy Rife

    To be baptized last summer has given this chapter so much more meaning to me. To be reborn is a miraculous feeling and I am truly grateful for the sacrifices that God has made for us, by giving His only son ,Jesus, so that we would not perish but that we could have eternal life. Praise God.

  • Kim Moore

    I was baptized many years ago, but I remember it as if it were yesterday. I am so thankful to be taking this 21 day journey and spending personal time with The Father. Thank you Pastor Kerry. God Bless!

  • FAYE

    READY FOR DAY 4. AND READY TO LEARN WHAT GOD WANTS ME TO DO FOR HIM AND THROIUGH HIM.

  • http://? felecia courtright

    i believe , and i pray for GOD to lead me away from worldly things and my worldly thoughts in JESUS name Amen

  • Skip Brower

    God revealed Himself thru the person of Jesus Christ – May we always seek Him and all the blessings He has in store for us. Our rebirth in Him with the indwelling Holy Spirit is a powerful testimony to the love that God has for us. Praise the Lord!! :)

  • Ellen

    For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten son Jesus to this earth so that in human form we could experience the true agape love and was sent to this earth to teach me who was unteachable. To bear the sins that I was born of so that I may find grace in heaven and on earth. Thank you God for loving us so much! Help me this day to remain in submission to you and your will. Guide me as I work and live in a world of non-believers as well as those who profess belief but have strayed from the path of righteousness. Use me as you will on this earth so that others may be drawn to you and your gift of eternity. Thank you for the blessings that you have poured out before me and others who follow you.

  • Jose Luis Perez, Jr.

    “Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que ha dado á su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que en él cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna.”
    Juan 3:16
    …an impacting verse, in any spoken language.

  • AJ

    Woo hoo! Rockin day 3 – what Joy the desciples must be experiencing, knowing they’re walking with the king of kings,- the light bulb of life blowing away the darkness!- Like a bright lightbulb turning on in a dark room, our eyes naturally close a little to take in what we can at first, then adjust to experience the full flare of life; but some keep their eyes shut and run. Jesus will catch them – glad I got caught – he he.. God bless !

  • Carol Menville

    I am so glad that I have God in my life and so very very apppreciative that He sent his only son so that we would have salvation. It is such a pleasure to be a part of the Woodlands Church and Pastor Kerry you and the church has helped me tremendously grow in Christ. I can not begin to tell you how much better my life has been since I have made God an everyday part of my life. Love you all.

  • Diane Douglas

    I LOVE how you describe this!! Made me smile …… I’m thankful HE caught me also!!
    God Bless !!

  • Joe J Reinecke

    I have added the study notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) to my reading. It confirms and adds some other points to what Pastor Kerry is saying. But the one thing both are syaing is works and deeds won’t do it. It takes belief that Jesus is the Son of God and through him we can be saved and enter heaven. What a loving God we have.

  • Dewana Harding

    I memorized John 3:16 as a small child and it has stuck with me for over 30 years. Reading this passage today for me cuts right to the heart. I know he died for our sins, but I just wonder if I will receive his grace when I die. Heaven knows that I have given my life to him several times and have turned my back on him for the worldly ways. My life has not been the most Christian life and I am trying. I am learning through this journey that I need to let God handle all things in my life. I feel that I have failed my children in showing them Godly ways. I Pray that I will be able to help them in their spiritual journey as he is helping me in mine.

  • Lori Hofferber

    Thanks again Pastor Kerry!

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  • Chris Schneider

    Nicodemus approached Jesus after dark — I wonder, was Nicodemus afraid of being seen speaking with Jesus, as he was a religious leader? Yet, even though Nicodemus was ashamed and approached Jesus secretly, Jesus spoke and fellowshiped with him openly. I think this shows the deep love of Jesus for anyone, He accepts you no matter how you come to Him.

    Also, an analogy on Pastor Kerry’s comment on being religious means trying to change from the outside-in, and being born again is changing from the inside-out: religiousity means trying to maintain a Jesus whitewash but being born again is having Jesus live through you — what a life altering, daily experience!

  • Woodlands Church

    @dewana, thanks for sharing so honestly. here are some verses for you from Romans that speak of God’s grace and forgiveness…

    Romans 3:22-26

    22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

    23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.

  • Woodlands Church

    @chris well stated!

  • Bethany Burghoff-Lainhart

    I cannot help but pray and meditate on verse 30: “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less”. I too with so much difficulty try to have Christ live through me to show all I encounter and most preciously my children daily. All my children, except one, and my husband have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. But pray for the lost sheep, as we still have one out there refusing to see and bask in God’s light. He is becoming greater and greater and God less and less in his life.

  • Elizabeth O’Dell

    I really enjoyed John 3. It made me sit back and think about my life and what I need to do more of. I am taking each day at a time and turning my life around. I am thankful for Pastor Kerry and the Woodlands Church Family. I am learning how to turn from the darkness and run into God’s out stretched arm’s because he is the light of my soul. He is always there for us no matter what we are going through. And all we have to do is let him live through us and love through us and be willing to walk a close walk with him everyday of our life’s. Thank you so very much for this study. Have a great day.

  • Beth West

    Thank you for speaking my mind. I had the great privilege of my children encouranging me to bring them to Fellowship a couple years back and in doing so bringing bringing me back to Christ.
    Thanks for this journey. I cant wait for tomorrow!

  • Maricela Campos

    From the First Chapter all the way to this chapter has been a great! Start Every Morning!

  • Mr. Worthy

    for those who have read my last inputs, my computer went out again. I’m tellin ya…….Praise be to God, and to all the modern day “Johns” out there.

  • Roy Ford, Sr

    Born again–Holy Spirit-Victory–GET IT!!

  • cari alvarez

    JESUS makes life so simple, we just have to trust in HIM alone. Thanks again Pastor Kerry! :)

  • Brent Rogers

    I have been a drug addict, a worthless father, and so many other bad things, but last February when I gave my life to Christ I experienced a new beginning. I am so thankful that God is a God of forgiveness and grace. I know that without Him guiding me through my life now that I would not have the peace in my life that only He can give. Jesus is the reason that I have changed. the most powerful thing that I have expereinced is asking my 3 year old little girl why Jesus died on the cross, and hearing that sweet gentle voice say ” because He loves me daddy.” Leading my child to Christ has been the most amazing thing that I have ever got to expereince. The fact that He trusts me to lead my child is awesome.

  • Cheryl Jordan

    the message i received from reading this passage of scripture is we must decrease so that God can increase and shine through us.

  • Eddie macaluso

    I have recited John 3:16 many times.. Today I reflected on God’s depth of love for me by asking myself would I sacrifice my own son for others. I am so grateful for a God who loves me enough to have done that. What a proof of His unconditional love for us. Any sacrifice He asks me to make for Him pales in comparrison to what He has done for me. The song is right “Our God is an Awesome God”. John 3:16 is prima faca evidence of it!

  • Connie

    Let your light so shine so others will know of your Father in heaven.

  • Marissa

    Reading this has really inspired me to become closer with God. To think someone as great and important as him would ever show the love and kindness he has in my life is unbelievable. I am definately not perfect, and it’s hard to resist certain temptations to achieve worldly success. I feel like ive failed so many times, and that i would never be someone great. But through Christ i know i can shine and inspire others.

  • http://yahoo.com Tiffany McKenna

    That sounds beautiful in Spanish!