Day 3

It feels weird to be blogging every day again, I don’t think I’ve done it since before I was healed. And of course, the original point of blogging was to share my journey and what God was doing with it, not to blab on about the book of John. But I just feel like it’s something I’m supposed to do so I’m praying that at least some one gets some thing out of it.

So, yesterday was John chapter 2 and the things I noticed were: Jesus did the first public miracle with turning water into wine. His mom knew He could do it, and pushed Him into it. It makes me wonder if He ever did any sort of miracle at home before that, or if it was just the Holy Spirit prompting her to push Him. I think it’s weird that He said it wasn’t His time yet but did it anyway. He was obviously obedient, but was it true that it wasn’t His time yet? I’m also wondering what it was about Him not entrusting Himself to the believers. What would it have looked like if He did?

Here is today’s, John chapter 3:

    Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(A)”> who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”> we know<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(D)”> that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(E)”> you are doing if God were not with him.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(F)”>
     Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(G)”>
    “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
   Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(H)”> Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(I)”> You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’  The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(J)”>
   “How can this be?”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(K)”> Nicodemus asked.
  “You are Israel’s teacher,”<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(L)”> said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(M)”> and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(O)”> except the one who came from heaven<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(P)”>—the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(R)”> so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(T)”> may have eternal life in him.” For God so loved<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(V)”> the world that he gave<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(W)”> his one and only Son,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(X)”> that whoever believes<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(Y)”> in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AA)”> to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AB)”> Whoever believes in him is not condemned,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AC)”> but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AD)”> This is the verdict: Light<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AE)”> has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AG)”> But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
    After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. Now John<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AI)”> also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were coming and being baptized. (This was before John was put in prison.) An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AL)”> that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AM)”> about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”  To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AN)”>  The bride belongs to the bridegroom.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AO)”> The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.” 
   The one who comes from above<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AQ)”> is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AR)”> The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AS)”> but no one accepts his testimony.<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AT)”> Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. For the one whom God has sent<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AU)”> speaks the words of God, for God<span class="footnote" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="[i]”>[i]gives the Spirit<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AV)”> without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,<span class="crossreference" style="font-size: 0.65em; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(AX)”> but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
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