Vs. 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.” This is probably one the most important chapters in John’s Gospel, for it deals with the topic of the new birth. Nicodemus was a good and religous man…one of the leaders of the Jews, yet did not comprehend what Jesus was saying. It shows us that being a good person does not save us alone. Some people confuse vs. 5 (born of water) as literally believing all saved people must be baptized by water…if that were the case, no one would be saved in the Old Testament and Jesus would have made an exception for the theif on the cross. Theologians believe the water refers to our physical birth. While Jesus died for us, we must still take the leap of faith to believe. We also see John the Baptist have to help explain the misunderstanding of who this Jesus really was.
Regarding application…He Lives, We Die. Vs. 30, “He must become greater; I must become less.” Jesus died so we can live…we die so He can live in us. I love this powerful statement from John the Baptist! It’s truly humbling when we think about how simple this life can be when we choose to become less. There are many things that I would still love to do…Travel the world, be a missionary, be a Orphanage Director, be a praise leader, learn many languages, get more degrees, have a huge family, etc. But, after all is said and done…all we can do is trust in the Lord and follow the spiritual road to Godliness…No my will, but Yours be done. If God desires to bless me, Praise the Lord…just remember that blessings aren’t always easy things to receive!