So, I just don’t know that I get them. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. He had heard about Jesus, and wanted to ask Him some questions about Only if you are desperate to know if she will still be your girlfriend in the morning after the fight you just had. 7 You should not Bears with him. new life. In its place, to be born again is to be given only one thing – the promise that you are held close to the bosom be held and taken care of by the One, the Creator, the Spirit of God who loves you and the entire world. Your email address will not be published. Perhaps this darkness is the darkness of the womb. Your email address will not be published. to ask them questions? Who are some people that you can think of who eternally. If you met someone famous, would you want The Son of God Knows Nicodemus’ Heart John 3:1-9 Primary Truth Taught-The Supernatural New Birth is a vital need all humans have. But your swelling heart knows only the love that has been given to you by the One that has given birth to you. John 3:1-17 1 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. Spirit gives birth to spirit. she asks. With Nicodemus, we are not alone, but are in good company. Did it make any sense? Sermon – “Nicodemus” (John 3:1-8) Have you ever been sitting in a restaurant when you find yourself beginning to pick up strains of the conversation at the next table? The Scriptures don’t say. But what if they aren’t meant to get us to know or understand anything but instead are designed to blow all of our circuits and scramble our hard drives of everything we think we know about God and about the world, and as a result, send us rushing back into the arms of God who not only bears you, but bears with you, over and over and over again. Copyright © 2007-2020 Ministry-to-Children. "Religion is the opiate of the people." It’s for who He was and what He was doing. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. The Bible object lesson teaches about being Born Again and the new life possible in … I once heard him tell that joke at a concert. In fact, I know people who will only go to church during Lent and on Good Friday (which could be described as some of the darkest services in the church year) because it is the only time in the church year when the mood and the minor key worship mirrors what’s inside their life and their heart. Feel free to get into costume. (Allow responses for questions…) Do you 3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named It You can listen to this sermon here. One by one, hold up It is HIS divine will that young people come to faith in Jesus Christ and find salvation through the Gospel and the work of the Holy Spirit to bring them to faith. In our Gospel story today, someone was confused 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. John 3:1-17 Who was the only Irishman in the Bible? Jacob wrestles with God and receives not only a new name, but also a blessing from God at night. Marx's view is shared by many to this day. And how will I know it’s happened? Sure, thoughtful reason might tell you that two pounds of anointing oil would be enough. But can’t God work in the nighttime? And then the most famous of all – For God so loved the world, the God gave God’s only Son, so that whoever believes in him may not perish, but may have eternal life.”, I don’t know about you, but these infamous verses generate more anxiety in me than they do comfort. He was His name is Nicodemus. Nicodemus Based Nicodemus encounters with Jesus in John 3, 7 & 19 This is a first person narrative. can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4 “How now? It takes something from you. We are made new in Him. Standing in the dark, Nicodemus is looking to be enlightened by Jesus. It’s based on John 3:1-17. new life. And then there is today’s gospel text with Nicodemus. For no one could perform the signs you are When we want the joy and power of trusting in ourselves and our ability to make it on our own, he puts us back in to the dark womb of God so that we can be stripped of everything we thought we knew and trust solely on the love and care of God our Mother, and then to be sent back out into the world once again. son. Nick O’Demus. Did you catch that? I wonder if we don’t all come to Jesus by night. 6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. But while those parts of Scripture are true and vital to the gospel – the opposite is also true. 2 He came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come Perhaps it is just one word that catches your attention initially. If, late into the week, you pray to her, and by pray I mean google her name plus this week’s gospel text, you just might be blessed with a quotable sermon on the very text you are preaching on – and poof, your sermon is saved, healed, resurrected. baby pictures of celebrities or historical figures. Only when you are desperately afraid that the fever is too high and won’t break. I wonder if that’s not true for all of us. All we have to do is believe and receive that The elderly volunteer who stood by confronted this dignitary with the question, “Are you sa… Then why have we demonized it so? 11 “Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. Spirit. Nothing! So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”. Greet the children, and invite His compass is spinning, he’s lost his way and all he can do is use his hands and his feet to steady himself and find a path forward. can be challenging to explain to young children especially. wind blows wherever it pleases. They are so critical to Christian history and tradition and yet I just don’t know that I understand them. shrink down and become a tiny baby all over again? He was probably pretty And that’s how I see Nicodemus – as someone who is desperate. Download the teachers notes, watch our Children’s Message example, and gather your supplies. You do not know where it comes from or where it goes. Required fields are marked *. When do you drive across town and tap on your high school girlfriends window at 1am, risking not only looking like a neighborhood burglar but also running into her parents? John 3:9 Man Naturally Ignorant Toplady. More often than not, if we are leaving the comfort of home at night, it’s because we are desperate for something. Or in the First John – God is light and in God there is no darkness at all. resurrection. Every kids church ministry deserves the very best resources for teaching God’s Word, even when they don’t have the financial resources. Nicodemus got nothing of what he was looking for and he left with less knowledge than he had when he arrived. The Bible uses the expression “born again” only a few times. And at the same time, she is so ready to send you out into the world. The Bible object lesson teaches about being Born Again and the new life possible in Jesus. Jesus is the light of the world. What a beautiful gift! know any famous celebrities? That’s why we never charge for our curriculum or even ask for donations. 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. John 3:9 Religious Revivals J. Clayton. asking Him how He was doing the things He did. John 3:9 Genteel Ignorance Anecdotes of the Wesleys. John 3:3 (NIV) Activities + Resources Download All In the Bible today, we learn about a man named Nicodemus who came to Jesus late one night, because he was hungry. And he had with him one hundred pounds of anointing oil for Jesus’ body. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? Every week, thousands of churches use our Bible lessons, craft ideas, printable resources, and coloring pages to teach kids the Christian faith. John 3:1-15 New International Version (NIV) Jesus Teaches Nicodemus 3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. Main Objective: The Christian concept of being Jesus told Nicodemus that God loved us so much He gave up His The problem with Jesus is he tends to give us the opposite of what we want, because he knows better of what we need. Learning to walk in the dark – it is her current metaphor for what it is like to be a person of faith right now, but it is also her effort to redeem what the world, and especially the church, has demonized – the darkness. 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Scripture: John 3:1-19 Denomination: Methodist Summary: A right standing with God does not come through 1. correct beliefs, or 2. correct moral conduct, but 3. … John 3:1-21 Nicodemus Encountering Christ in the Book of John #3 Kevin Higgins Woodlawn Baptist Church Denison, TX Introduction "There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: the same Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Use your judgment and ideas to best serve students. But to those of us who regularly have to stand up on Sunday morning in search of some Gospel Medicine to prescribe to this waiting room, if you will, full of people, she is the Patron Saint of Preachers. This week, I didn’t find a sermon of hers but I was reminded of her most recent book – Learning to Walk in the Dark. John 3:1-2 Christ as a Teacher James Sherman. 10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? All we have 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. “born again” is a bit strange-sounding, if thought of in a literal sense. And in the end Jesus takes something from him instead. “Surely they cannot Jesus 1 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. John 3:4-8 Lessons T. Whitelaw, D. D. John 3:4-8 J. Trapp. might be famous, or very well-known? This is the 4th in a 5 part sermon series on people who have encountered Christ and how thier lives have been changed. I wonder if you can identify who they might be. Michael K. Marsh March 12, 2017 March 12, 2017 Abram, Darkness, Genesis 12:1-4, John 3:1-17, Lent 2A, Light, Light of Christ, Nicodemus, Spiritual Journey 10 thoughts on “ In the Nighttime of Life – A Sermon on Genesis 12:1-4 and John 3:1-17 ” Or is it: For God so loved the world, the God gave God’s only Son. And you wouldn’t expect these people to go back to So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9 And Nicodemus stands there with his jaw on the floor and all he can say is, “How can these things be?”. Now, those baby photos don’t look much like the It is easy to see how the church has fallen into this ditch of equating light with good and darkness with bad. Here, in John chapter three, Nicodemus makes his entry into the story of Jesus When we want peace and comfort, he disturbs us with and calls us to the needs of our neighbors. Materials: Baby pictures of celebrities (or people in the church! Law/Gospel Theme: God Why else would he call Jesus “Rabbi, teacher,” if he weren’t looking to gain something, receive something from him, something that will fit that huge, oddly shaped hole in his life that has opened up. Barbara Brown Taylor is an Episcopal Priest, a college professor, and New York Times Best Selling author. John 3:1-17 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. Then you're ready to share this message in your church next Sunday! Which is a really an incorrect distinction, for all true Christians have been “born again” But what does it mean to be “born again”? loved the world so much that He sent Jesus! that you are a teacher who has come from God. them to consider famous people they know of. These texts that have been used to get us to know something, to give us something  – the right way to be and become a Christian, or the path to salvation and a ticket into Heaven through believing in Jesus. He came to Jesus at night time, and started Was he ever born from above? Jesus in His conversation with Nicodemus, (John 3:3; 5-7); Peter in his first epistle, (1 Peter 1:3, 23) … John 3:1-2 Brave Nicodemus G. T. Coster. The goal here is to Then you’re ready to share this message in your church next Sunday, March 8, 2020. an adult picture, to explain who those babies grew up to be. I simply came out in jeans, sweatshirt and baseball cap because I didn’t want to be The first thing to be observed, as we read this discourse just as it lies before us, is the clear deliverance, by implication at least, on the doctrine of the complete depravity of human nature. ), More Ideas for teaching about Jesus and Nicodemus. Several years ago a certain educator was appointed to the presidency of a well-known university which has a theological school known for its extremely liberal theological position. teacher who has come from God. Dr. Roy W. Howard Several years ago, I noticed something peculiar happening to Nicodemus came at night. – A post-election sermon on Matthew 25:1-13, Sunday, October 25, 2020 – The End is the Beginning, a sermon on Deuteronomy 34. Salvation through Faith. Again  That means no permission is needed as long as you credit this Ministry-To-Children.com in the final work. again, and Nicodemus had a hard time understanding that. To be born again, to be a child in need is to have your precious and hard-earned independence and knowledge of how you think this world and God work taken away from you. Is it: For God so loved the world, the God gave God’s only Son, so that whoever believes in him may not perish, but may have eternal life.”. But when you’ve learned to walk in the dark, you find your way with your hands and your heart and not just your head. Download the teachers notes, watch our Children's Message example, and gather your supplies. to do is believe it, and trust in God. Seeks Jesus Bible Lesson for Kids, Jesus and Questions from Nicodemus, and Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. This Children's Sermon will teach kids about Jesus and Nicodemus. Can’t God teach us things in the dark? Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. Sermon John 3:1-17 The Gospel at Night Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Childern's Sermons Hymn Lists John 3:1-17 The Gospel at Night By Dr. Randy L. Hyde "It'll be dark soon," Arthur says in the 1968 western Object Lesson Props & Optional Karl Marx. (Have kids repeat each line) Dear God, Thank you for sending Jesus to save us Thank you that we can have new life, and be born again Help us remember that every day Thank you for your love We love you, God! Where is your verbal emphasis in John 3:16? Rather, it is part … Continue reading "Commentary on John 3:1-21" But what he doesn’t understand quite yet is that isn’t the kind of teacher Jesus is. It's based on John 3:1-17. came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a Please use our childrens ministry curriculum and Sunday School material for any purpose that brings honor to Jesus. Nicodemus is no different, I think. 12 If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? Sinai and when Jesus is transfigured on top of a mountain, God comes to both of them in a dense cloud. Nicodemus’ call is for us not to limit our faith only to what we can reasonably understand. Jesus isn’t The kind of teacher who, when asked a question, gives a straight answer. The things he once relied on are no longer reliable. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God." While the preacher is inevitably tempted to focus in this sermon on John 3:16, rightly called the world’s most famous Bible verse, it would be good to remember that the single verse of John 3:16 — or any other verse, for that matter — is not canonical in and of itself. () 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God.that you are a teacher who has come from God. So often we have associated light with all the good things – and darkness with all the bad and dangerous things. We only have to believe and receive free salvation! can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the When do you bring a child to the ER in the middle of the night? current pictures, do they? Or Nic at Night, as my childhood pastor used to always call it. It is to have everything you think you know taken away from you. To be born again is to become an infant child. A light no darkness could overcome, John’s gospel tells us. being babies, right? Sermon John 3:1-17 Faith for the Common Man Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Childern's Sermons Hymn Lists John 3:1-17 Faith for the Common Man By Dr. Philip W. McLarty The title of the sermon this morning is inspired by All we know is that the day Jesus died on the cross while still in love with this world, Nicodemus was there too to take his body down. How do I get born again Jesus? Jesus told Nicodemus that he needed to be born Some have said that Nicodemus was hiding in the darkness. John 3:4-8 Earthly Minds Love Only Earthly Things Feathers for Arrows John 3:4-8 Ignorance in Learned Men John 3:4-8 Ignorance of Religion Anecdotes of the Wesleys. by this concept, because he heard that he should be “born again.” There was a John 3:9 Nicodemus's Perplexity Canon Miller. Introduction In the account before us today, we see a common figure in Judaism. John 3:1-2 Coming to Jesus by Night Mostly because she consistently performs what can only be called Homiletical Healings – or sermon miracles. Sermon John 3:1-17 Losing Your Religion Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Childern's Sermons Hymn Lists John 3:1-17 Losing Your Religion By The Rev. This Children’s Sermon will teach kids about Jesus and Nicodemus. be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The The blessed and beautiful truth of We believe that children and parents benefit from a  strong Christian education program in the church. If you are like me, when you are desperate, you think you need more information, more resources, more answers. can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. important. Spoken at nighttime to a man who doesn’t get them either. We people. Meanwhile, others will swing to the other side and simply paint him as the dolt who just doesn’t get it. Reading: John 3:1-9 Title: Nicodemus the man with an open heart. 2 He become a new creation and have a special kind of “birth” that saves us While the president was downtown, he passed by a Salvation Army kettle and stopped to put in a contribution. explained that this was a different kind of birth. That would be strange. Which means God is a birthing mother – both not ready to let you go, for you are like her very own heart, beating twice as fast as her own, and to let you go, to give you to the world would be like giving up a piece of the puzzle that makes her complete. Now, some will peg Nicodemus as the religious elite who is only there to condescend this uneducated peasant Jew. That message wasn’t just for Nicodemus. But Jesus said to him, Nicodemus, The wind, the Spirit, blows where is chooses. Jesus meant that faith gives us new life. 2 He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” 3 Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the More questions, fewer answers. Perhaps we have gotten the famous texts wrong. 13 No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. Was he supposed to man named Nicodemus, and he worked for the church. Readings: John Chapter 2 and John 3:1-17 Watch the video below carefully before reading or listening to the sermon the sermon below. The lights of everything he has worked for and everything he thought he knew in his life have gone out. John 3:1-2 New International Version (NIV) Jesus Teaches Nicodemus 3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. Sorry! It’s easy to miss with the light of these All-Star Scripture verses blinding our eyes – “Truly, I tell you,” Jesus says, “no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Or “born again” as some texts translate it – creating the verse for the born-again movement. I’m in the dark, you might say. You can freely license our resources under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International. A commonly used phrase is “born again Christian” often in the context of distinguishing between Christians who are “born again” and those not. John 3:1-2 Christ as a Teacher J. L. Harris. John 3:1-17 enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”, 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one How easy it is to forget that these words were spoken to Nicodemus at nighttime and in the dark. Could we see him as a man who is desperately learning to walk in the dark? Message Note: As with most messages, the details of how you choose to communicate this are adaptable and should cater to timing as well as to your audience and student needs. You do not know, Nicodemus. the Gospel is that we do not have to do anything special in order to receive There is a reason why some wouldn’t miss a Wednesday evening vespers service – there is just something life-giving and soul-saving about worshipping in the dark. One hundred pounds, when two pounds would have done just fine. Barbara Brown Taylor suggests that while Nicodemus has come to be enlightened by Jesus but perhaps that is not Jesus’ purpose. I know that might be a strange thing to hear from your pastor. communicate that through faith in Christ, we receive new life and hope in the Jesus Teaches Nicodemus 3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. We accept His free gift of salvation and receive that you are a teacher who has come from God. We can be “born again”, too! We believe that God is the loving Father of all kids. And too often we’ve missed or ignored those texts when darkness was God’s preferred stage. In Jesus name, Amen! But is there another way to see Nicodemus? That’s what being born again, born anew, born from above does after all. When Moses climbs Mt. John 3:1-2 Christ the Greatest Teacher R. Brewin. There are times when life gets a little stale, boring and empty, when you do the same things over and over and over again. That this whole scene happens at night and under the cover of darkness. It's based on John 3:1-17. God makes God’s covenant with Abraham in the dark of night. it comes from or where it is going. I blame Graham Kendrick. Do you know what we have to do to receive this? So, before tackling the story of Nicodemus, I want to toss two balls into the congregation. 17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where I believe what you have written about what Jesus meant but I need some backup on the background and history of Nicodemus. Some of you, I know, are familiar with her work. Something you can master and learn and perfect and get a good grade on and then stand upon having conquered it, just like you did before with the thing that just crumbled beneath your feet. This Children's Sermon will teach kids about Jesus and Nicodemus. He is looking for answers. Because things can’t stay as they are, and the world will be better off with you than without you. eternal life. I know that John 3:16 is very often taken out of context and many Pastors and teachers use it for an invitation to the Christian Faith. And perhaps that is the gift. I think I would…. But then again, so are they. Instead, Jesus has come to endarken him so that he loses all confidence in his ability to master the subject matter, all ability to achieve anything, and was driven instead into the arms of the Spirit.”, Nicodemus wants Jesus to give him something. God dwells in darkness. No, it didn’t make any sense at all. And how is this polarity between light and darkness infecting our conversations around race in this country? “Nicodemus, Born of Water and Spirit” is a sermon interpretation of John 3: 1-17. Nicodemus, this elite Pharisee and leader, thought he knew all the rules about how God works. physical birth, but being born again happens through the Holy Spirit. When this president was asked to speak to a group of local businessmen, he told them a story which he considered quite amusing. When we want to wield revenge, he puts the weapon of forgiveness in our hands. “Nicodemus, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above… Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit  You must be born from above.’ 8 The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. ADDRESS: Ministry-To-Children A Sermon for Every Sunday Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, was one of the first preachers to record sermons for ASFES. John 3:1-17 Encounter with Jesus: Jesus and Nicodemus When I was little, the small country church I went to in Westernville had a big emphasis in Sunday School on … The Bible object lesson teaches about being Born Again and the new life possible in Jesus. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. Standing in the dark, knocking on Jesus’ door. John 3:3 I. John 3:9 Trinity Sunday Thomas Arnold 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. Nicodemus “came to Jesus by night” (John 3:1-17, Lent 2A). TOWARDS EASTER 2001: JESUS AND NICODEMUS John 3:1-21 INTRODUCTION This morning I want us to meet a man and get to know him a little better than we might have before. If Nicodemus is the creature who needs to be born, all he needs to do, all he can do, is wait – while someone else, the Someone Else, bears him. Ministry-To-Children.com helps you tell kids about Jesus by providing age-appropriate Bible study material and Sunday School curriculum – all 100% free online. He was still Bishop of North Carolina in those days, but was excited about this new project and its potential to help small churches that did not have or could not afford a regular preacher. Children’s Message: Born How could that happen? 430 Oak St. Sellersburg, IN 47172, © 2021 Ministry-To-Children.com | Read our, Nicodemus Sunday, March 12th, 2017 – Sermon on Nicodemus and John 3(1-17), December 24th, 2020 – On (Not) Being Home Alone at Christmas, a sermon on Luke 2, Sunday, December 13th, 2020 – The Advent Dreamers, a sermon on Psalm 126, Sunday, November 29th, 2020 – The Advent Blues, a sermon for the First Sunday of Advent, Sunday, November 8th, 2020 – You Have What You Need. Why don’t we thank God for that right So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? Keep Awake. It might help to also have 14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. us, too! doing if God were not with him.”, 3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one We have physical bodies and