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Toe to toe

Toe to toe, looking directly into Jesus’ eyes, Nicodemus knew scripture, and this was certainly NOT in it.  Yet he was intrigued enough to entertain and contemplate what had been said.

Again, Jesus spoke, “No one has gone up into heaven, but there is One who came down from heaven, the Son of Man [Himself—whose home is in heaven]. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, thus The Son of Man is going to be lifted up, so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life [after physical death and will actually live forever].
Jesus may have said this to connect with Nicodemus’s Pharisaical beliefs regarding resurrection, and to keep him listening. Because otherwise if Nicodemus was anything like me, he’s going “what was I thinking, THIS man is bonkers!
Jesus continued, “God loves the world in this way: so much that He would give up his Son, the Only One, so that everyone who trusts in Him shall not be lost, but they shall have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him.”

(Pause)

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Maybe Jesus has some water. Remember that the Jewish culture thrives on lively debate. Throats get parched. Nick has some water as well, no ice.

Then Jesus wraps it up with, “This is the judgment [that is, the cause for indictment, the test by which people are judged, the basis for the sentence]: the Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For every wrongdoer hates the Light and does not come to the Light [but shrinks from it] for fear that his [sinful, worthless] activities will be exposed and condemned.”

By Jeffery Plummer
Insights for living holy in Christ, Jeffery Plummer

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