Nicodemus

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Bailey Shirley
New Testament
12 October 2012
Nicodemus

The miraculous wonders and miracles of Jesus made many question their lives, faith, and even their god’s. People took dramatic steps and completely turned their life 180 degrees in the other direction, while some people denied Jesus and His works. Those people were ignorant and had little faith that Jesus could do these miracles. Nicodemus was one of those people. Nicodemus is presented in the book of John. He is presented in such a way that he questions Christ and His signs and wonders.

Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a Jewish leader. One night he met with Jesus and said “Rabbi, we know that God has sent you to teach us. You could not work these miracles, unless God were with you.” There was only one possible reason that Nicodemus met Jesus at night that reason being that the evil hate light; so he was ashamed to be seen with Jesus. The light brings out the evil in a person. Jesus replies to Nicodemus; “I tell you for certain that no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” Nicodemus was baffled he didn’t understand how you could be reborn, since you can’t enter your mother’s womb a second time to be birthed yet again. Jesus then reassures him by telling him that before you can enter God’s kingdom you have to be born by not only water, but by the spirit.

Jesus says that the spirit can change you into a child of God. Only God’s spirit can give you new life. It’s like the wind that blows whenever it wants to; you can hear it, but don’t know where it’s coming from. Still Nicodemus didn’t comprehend what Jesus was trying to say. So he asked “How can this be?” Jesus was astonished at his unknowingness, so he sternly communicated with Nicodemus; we know what we are talking about because we have seen it, but you refuse to accept what we say. “How can you be a teacher of Israel and not know these things?” He explains that if you don’t even believe what I’m saying to you about things...
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