Yak Pak Week of January 24th – 30th

Posted: January 22, 2015 in Uncategorized
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Nicodemus

Our hope is for our kids to know that: You must be born again to enter the Kingdom of Heaven

Key Verse
‘Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again,”
John 3:3

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child John 3:1-21) Nicodemus was a Pharisee who came to Jesus at night to learn more about him. Nicodemus told him that he believed Jesus was the son of God. Jesus then told him that you must be born again to see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus did not understand what Jesus meant. Jesus explained that you must be born of water and spirit, meaning we all experience a natural birth, but we must also have a spiritual birth. As Jesus says, “Flesh gives birth to flesh and spirit gives birth to spirit.” Once we receive Christ we are secure in faith, and we know that we will spend eternity with God in the kingdom.  

The Jesus Connection:
How does today’s Bible story fit into God’s greater plan of redemption?
The third chapter of John introduces the idea of the new birth: being born again. Like our first birth, this new birth is not something we can do for ourselves; it is something that God does. When the Holy Spirit makes us alive or born again, we are given a new heart, and our eyes are opened to believe the truth of the gospel, that Jesus Christ was “lifted up” (John 3:14) on the cross so that all who look upon him for their salvation will be saved.
Moses lifting up the bronze serpent in the wilderness (Numbers 21:8–9) was a picture of how God planned to save his people from their sin. Bitten by the snakes, the Israelites could do nothing to save themselves. But, because of the grace and mercy of God, if they looked to the serpent on the pole, God healed them. Nicodemus was a teacher of Israel yet he failed to see that our salvation is by the mercy and grace of God, not by our own works. Perhaps it was when he saw Jesus “lifted up” on the cross that he finally understood and believed.

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