Jesus and Nicodemus
1There was a man named Nicodemus who was a Pharisee and a Jewish leader. 2One
night he went to Jesus and said, “Rabbi, we know that God has sent you
to teach us. You could not work these miracles, unless God were with
3Jesus replied, “I tell you for certain that you must be born from above[M] before you can see God's kingdom!”
4Nicodemus asked, “How can a grown man ever be born a second time?”
I tell you for certain that before you can get into God's kingdom, you must be born not only by water, but by the Spirit. 6Humans give life to their children. Yet only God's Spirit can change you into a child of God. 7Don't be surprised when I say that you must be born from above. 8Only
God's Spirit gives new life. The Spirit is like the wind that blows
wherever it wants to. You can hear the wind, but you don't know where it
comes from or where it is going.
9“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
How can you be a teacher of Israel and not know these things? 11I
tell you for certain we know what we are talking about because we have
seen it ourselves. But none of you will accept what we say. 12
If you don't believe when I talk to you about things on earth, how can
you possibly believe if I talk to you about things in heaven?
13 No one has gone up to heaven except the Son of Man, who came down from there. 14 And the Son of Man must be lifted up, just as the metal snake was lifted up by Moses in the desert.[N] 15Then everyone who has faith in the Son of Man will have eternal life.
the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that
everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really
die. 17God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them! 18No
one who has faith in God's Son will be condemned. But everyone who
doesn't have faith in him has already been condemned for not having
faith in God's only Son.
19The light has come into the world, and people who do evil things are judged guilty because they love the dark more than the light. 20People who do evil hate the light and won't come to the light, because it clearly shows what they have done. 21But
everyone who lives by the truth will come to the light, because they
want others to know that God is really the one doing what they do.
Jesus and John the Baptist
22Later, Jesus and his disciples went to Judea, where he stayed with them for a while and was baptizing people.
John had not yet been put in jail. He was at Aenon near Salim, where
there was a lot of water, and people were coming there for John to baptize them.
25John's followers got into an argument with a Jewish man[O] about a ceremony of washing.[P] 26They
went to John and said, “Rabbi, you spoke about a man when you were with
him east of the Jordan. He is now baptizing people, and everyone is
going to him.”
No one can do anything unless God in heaven allows it. 28 You surely remember how I told you that I am not the Messiah. I am only the one sent ahead of him.
a wedding the groom is the one who gets married. The best man is glad
just to be there and to hear the groom's voice. That's why I am so glad.
30Jesus must become more important, while I become less important.
The One Who Comes from Heaven
Son comes from heaven and is above all others. Everyone who comes from
the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one
who comes from heaven is above all others. 32He speaks about what he has seen and heard, and yet no one believes him. 33But everyone who does believe him has shown that God is truthful. 34The Son was sent to speak God's message, and he has been given the full power of God's Spirit.
35 The Father loves the Son and has given him everything. 36Everyone
who has faith in the Son has eternal life. But no one who rejects him
will ever share in that life, and God will be angry with them forever.