June 11, 2006

Evan Kreider - “Nicodemus went to Jesus at night”

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We're not sure why Nicodemus went to Jesus at night, said Evan Kreider in his sermon. The light/darkness theme is strong in John's gospel and this could be a continuation of that theme. By addressing Jesus as "rabbi" Nicodemus acknowledges Jesus special status as a teacher. Gentile converts were required to start life anew - "born from above" - so Nicodemus could not understand why he, smart Jew, needed to be born from above. As Moses lifted up the serpent, so the Son of man must be lifted up - on the cross. Israelites were able to live by looking up at the serpent, we will live by looking up at the cross. God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world; Jesus says God's love will save the world. The discussion focussed on Nicodemus being stuck in an old way of thinking; he needed to think outside the box. For God so loved... as the hymn says,"bathed in love's mighty boundless ocean. (HN)


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Speaker: Evan Kreider
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