Day 3

August 24, 2023

Day 3: Gospel of John Chapter 3

Two worlds. The world of God and the world of humans. At the beginning of this chapter they seem utterly separate and unique. Nicodemus says that Jesus must be from God because of the things He does. Jesus counters by saying you can’t really know about God’s Kingdom unless you’ve been born again. Impossible, right? The barrier between the worlds stands, but not if someone breaks through. “No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man” (3:13, ESV). Jesus broke that barrier. Jesus, God the Son, became Jesus, God in the flesh, the Son of Man. But He didn’t come for a sightseeing trip. “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life” (vv. 14-15, ESV). There is a way for us with fleshly human bodies to live forever, to break through into the world of God. And that is by believing in Jesus. This is such an important concept that the next three verses state this truth in three different ways, and then once more in verse 36. The way to be born again, to be born into the Kingdom of God is clear: “whoever believes in him may have eternal life” (v. 15, ESV).