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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

3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (ESV)

Numbers 21:4-9

From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live. (ESV)

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