We have spent only a few weeks in our sermon series on Nicodemus and Jesus in John 3. We could spend months exploring all of the rich treasures and profound theological realities found therein. But we must move on . . . move out onto the open road with Jesus in John 4 as we learn how to make and become disciples of the Kingdom!
In summary, here are some of the main points we have explored in this series (with verses in parentheses):
1. Like Nicodemus, we all must come and have our own personal encounter with Jesus (2).
2. Like Nicodemus, one can recognize Jesus as a great teacher come from God and still not be born again (2).
3. Like Nicodemus, one can be a religious leader and Bible expert and still not know Christ (1).
4. Some of us come to church/Jesus for the “big show,” wanting to be entertained (2).
5. Some of us are ashamed to go public with our faith, and so we come at night in secret (2).
6. Some of us are so desperate that we’d seek Jesus out at any hour — even late at night (2).
7. Jesus will receive us even when we come to him in “spiritual darkness” with doubts, confusion, prejudice, and blind spots (7,10,12).
8. Religion is often the greatest barrier preventing us from embracing Jesus (1). We must “beware of the yeast of the scribes and Pharisees.”
9. Jesus replaced/fulfilled religion with himself. Jesus is the new way to connect with God (e.g., new temple, incarnate Word).
10. Sin has placed a veil of darkness over everyone’s eyes that only God can remove (3). Continue reading Nic @ Night 6: A Summary