Monthly Archives: April 2012

A Successful Failure

After the talk with Nicodemus, Jesus and his disciples walked down to Judea to stay for a while and baptize. Emmanuel abided with them (John 3:22). John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized (for John had not yet been put in prison). Now a discussion arose between some of John’s disciples and a Jew over purification. – John 3:23-25 (ESV) All this free-lance baptism activity going on at the Jordan was arousing attention. First John, and now Jesus, were baptizing people apart from the authority of the … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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An Evening With Nicodemus – part 3

It was the third time Jesus urged Nicodemus to believe the truth: 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. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? – John 3:11-12 (ESV) In the past, God had sent prophets who spoke of temporal issues: sin and its earthly consequences; obedience and the resultant material blessings (Deuteronomy 28, Jeremiah 6:12,7:3-7). Through the Holy Spirit, many prophets foresaw what … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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