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Look to Jesus Christ

John 3:1-21, Numbers 21:4-9, Jonny Wilson, September 17, 2017

Sermon Notes:
  • Jesus is teaching Nicodemus that he must be born again
    • Christians have two birthdays
    • Example of George Whitfield
    • Christians must be born again
    • If you cannot say 'I have been born again', then you are not ready to die
      • We can see, admire and enjoy creation
      • This is nothing to seeing, admiring and enjoying God Himself
      • It is essential to know God in a real and personal way
    • The first birth is of the flesh, the second of the Spirit
      • We must God to do this
  • Jesus is our Saviour - why do we need Him?
    • It is not a Christless eternity
    • The message of the Scriptures is clear
      • Each of us is a sinner
      • Adam and Eve
      • One proof of sin is death
      • Unless we are born again we will receive God's just wrath upon ourselves
    • Jesus gives a reference to Moses
      • Num 21:4-9
      • In God's judgment there is mercy
      • Example of the venomous snakes
      • All the had to do was look up and see the bronze serpent
      • Stark - not dark
      • What a contrast: death - life, not looking - looking
    • Jesus is drawing a similarity between the bronze serpent and Himself
      • This is a type of Christ
      • When we look at Christ, we don't just see a glimpse of His mighty power but a personal relationship
      • Example of the artist and commentator
      • We can personally come to know the Creator Himself
      • Jesus' death had been planned before creation 
  • Jesus - explanation:
    • Jesus was the spotless sacrifice
    • We tend towards sin
    • Jesus on the cross
    • We are tainted
    • We are not perfect
    • A great transaction
    • Christ is taking everything about us
    • Jesus rescued us from sin
    • If we are trusting Jesus Christ there is no condemnation
    • We have a wonderful relationship with Jesus
    • We are the bride of Christ
  • The devil will be shown as the father of lies he is
    • People follow the God of this age - examples
      • Who are you trusting?
    • Are you trying to make things right yourself?
      • People can come to know Jesus Christ by looking
  • Look to Jesus Christ
    • "Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" - a promise
    • Look with the eye of faith
    • We are never too far to look at Jesus
    • If you are not a Christian - look to Jesus
    • If you are a Christian - look to Jesus
    • As you look to Jesus Christ others will look to you

Sermon Passage:

John 3:1-21

1There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. 9Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? 10Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? 11Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. 12If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 13And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. 14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. (KJV)

Numbers 21:4-9

4And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. 5And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. 6And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. 7Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. 8And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. 9And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. (KJV)

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