Tag Archives: Progressive Christian sermon John 3:1-17 What term of endearment do you use when you whisper sweet nothings in the ear of this God that you love? I like your insight and imagery about the wind – to engage but not attach. Obsolete due to being too complex 2nd Sunday in Lent Lectionary Year A. By day Nicodemus knows who he is. No one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above. I, too, preached this passage at my field location but focused on the distraction caused by our attachment to temporal matters. Remember Judas? We never quite get there. The father said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whosever believes in Him may not perish but have everlasting life. You can listen to this sermon here. We build our reputations. PRINT page without images. Last week, being the first Sunday in Lent, had a heavy focus on sin. Regardless of the cause, I am in recovery and have been for years. The Nicodemus who lives within me trembles because I know that to believe seriously in Jesus is to yield everything – to lose my religion and to be born again. My time at Sewanee was really good and formative. he asks. Nicodemus “came to Jesus by night” (John 3:1-17, Lent 2A). Nicodemus cries out in holy labor. In his living room that afternoon, he held my hand firmly and looked directly at me. Your comment made me think of Psalm 139:12 – “Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.”. It wasn’t that we were getting older – or slower – or, in my case, grayer on top. Jesus says love blows into our lives with the power to make us whole. We can our most joy out of being Christ-like. I wonder if that’s not true for all of us. Amen. Check out these helpful resources St. John is using night in a particular way. John has a way of getting at the mysteries of God in a simple but profound way. Let yourself be born. Don’t be surprised if you see that on this blog three years from now! GET YOUR FOUR FREE SAMPLES! Contact. Mike, I’ve been aware of the nighttime motif in the Fourth Gospel: night is coming when no one can work; Judas went out, and it was night; Simon Peter and colleagues toiled all night and caught nothing. Any who has given birth knows that neither the labor nor the birthing is without pain. The estrangement didn’t occur overnight; broken faith never does. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Childern’s Sermons Hymn Lists. What have done with my religion? There’s probably many others. It’s not our usual understanding of the word. Daytime Lives and Nighttime Lives – A Sermon on John 3:1-17, Taking Ourselves More Seriously than God – An Ash Wednesday Sermon, Mt. Jesus’ language doesn’t make sense, so Nicodemus resorts to literalism, that last bastion for those who would keep God in a religious box. He says the most radical thing of all: if you believe in me you will emerge from the womb of the Spirit wet with the newness of life. Night is the separation, fragmentation, and division within us that can become betrayal of ourselves and others. There are times when life gets a little stale, boring and empty, when you do the same things over and over and over again. It seems that which we most want is always just beyond our grasp. But, Jesus is not interested in a safe religious conversation – not then and not now. If Nicodemus comes under cover of darkness, it is darkness disturbed by peculiar light. We believe in God. We desire recognition and approval. No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born again. The collect and readings for the First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday, may be found here. That means we spend our time looking for information and answers. Some have … Believing that you can be born anew is but a short distance from believing in the One whose love is capable of saving you. Sunday: Second Sunday in Lent Text: Genesis 12:1–4a Psalm 121 Romans 4:1–5, 13–17 John 3:1–17 Nicodemus lives along that fault line. John 3:1-17. The great temptation in the nighttime is to think that if we just get the answer, if we can understand and explain it all, then we’ll know what to do. He has a role and a reputation as a leader of the Jews. Everything has changed. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Daytime reveals what is, but darkness reveals nothing. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. SAVE.pdf of message. This is to be born again: to believe in God’s love for you so generously displayed in Jesus. John 3:1-17. Nicodemus was schooled in the ways of religion and civic virtue. But Nicodemus finds that his questions have led him to a most vulnerable place. It’s not our first choice. We can only feel and give way to the rhythm of the contractions. He knows and applies the law. John was most likely the youngest of all the apostles. Like Nicodemus, our deepest questions about authentic faith, life and death, meaning and purpose remain unspoken and, as long as they do, like Nicodemus, we remain profoundly unsatisfied. Making the best possible use of your sermon prep time! Slowly, these perfectly good, strong Biblical words just walked right out the door and I let them go. It’s based on John 3:1-17. Grace shatters you and leaves your safe religion in pieces. I think there is much more to it than that. Commentary on John 3:1-17 View Bible Text . I’m so glad that Jesus is available night and day and no appointment is needed! Book. I recognized them as the words that I let walk away so long ago. We all do it and we need to. A fault line stretches between what he professed in the daylight among friends and what he wondered about at night. Our usual daytime activities have no power or meaning in the night. According to Gail R. O’Day, Nicodemus comes to Jesus with a set of convictions about what is real, what is possible: “We know that you are a teacher come from God…” Of course, initially, this strikes us as promising. Isn’t that what we really want? He has encouraged them to walk in the light, since God is the light, abiding in His commandments (1 John 1:1-2:6). Servanthood 2020 Contributed by Anthony Zibolski on Jul 7, 2020 | 2,088 views. Holy Trinity Sunday. It means no matter how hard we try, how much we gather, or how much we know something will always be missing from our daytime life. It means we cannot keep doing the same old things and expect a different result. We’ve forgotten that evangelists were simply those who went about telling stories of glad tidings of God’s all embracing love. We’ll do it better this time. VIEW the scripture. Yet, after a while it begins to close and harden us. He urged everyone to attend. Daytime certainty has given way to nighttime questions. I hope it’s been good for you. He was embarrassed. ( Log Out /  Have you seen a bumper sticker on a car, or someone wearing a t … SAVE.pdf of message. He comes ostensibly to learn more about this young rabbi, but perhaps does not want his colleagues to know of his interest. We both cried. ( Log Out /  He’s in the dark, as we say. Roy W. Howard, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, Rockville, Maryland. John 3:1-17 (NRSV) 1 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. Resources to inspire you — and your congregation! As the daughter of a fisherman, I moved by the image of us bringing up empty nets. Here’s the irony. Second S in Lent Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Jesus speaks of a new birth from the Spirit, and we, with Nicodemus, are induced into labor. The following sermon is based on Romans 8:12-17 and John 3:1-17. And we who let the words of life go into the arms of their exploiters are tongue-tied and unable to say a word of personal faith because we have lost the words that sing us home. Nothing in religion or virtue can prepare you adequately for an encounter with Holy One. Today’s Gospel lection is a theological key that can unlock several aspects of this often puzzling Gospel of John. The night is a time of vulnerability, questions, and wrestling with life. Beautiful! Uncontrollable winds that roar through the soul and fill your life with Holy Spirit? Posted by Reverend Ref + at 11:00 AM. The old man who comes skulking to Christ is fearful. We buy stuff and gain wealth. Isn’t that what this holy season of Lent is about? “How can these things be?” By day he keeps the faith. There’s something about self-sufficiency that is so attractive isn’t there? This Children’s Sermon will teach kids about Jesus and Nicodemus. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.’ Maybe, but I don’t think so. Sermon John 3:1-17 Losing Your Religion. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one could do these miraculous signs that you do unless God is with him.” PRINT page without images. What on earth are you talking about, he asks Jesus in desperation. The liturgy changed, opening with the penitential order, exhortation and confession; and we began using the contemporary version of the Lord's Prayer because it explicitly uses the word 'sin'. 9:4). In the name of Jesus. The strange thing is I noticed these faithful words being sent out of other Christian homes. Those and a thousand others like them are the start of our darkness. After a while I learned to live without them, and so did most of my friends and colleagues; better, we thought, than to be misunderstood as a religious nut. Children's Time. Nothing makes sense. He father, a single parent, with no church affiliation and no other children, asked if I would conduct his son’s funeral service. 1. “My son and I had only one Bible verse that we both knew,” he said, “and we talked about this verse a lot because of what it meant for our relationship.” Then, from a deep place within came the Word of God. We are almost always better at daytime living than nighttime living. I’ve thought some more about that and also see it in the wilderness stories of Jesus and the Israelites, Jesus’ three days in the tomb, Jonah in the whale. We’re so exhausted we can’t muster the energy to re-create our life one more time. Our life has meaning and direction. By night, however, his nets come up empty. A whole new person you’ll be. We live daytime lives and we live nighttime lives. All that is required is the willingness to believe that the God of scripture may also be present in life – the willingness to believe that love revealed itself in Jesus. Andrew Eckert Sermon on John 3:1-17. By night, however, Nicodemus is lost and confused. The problem is that daytime life keeps us stuck in the cycle of always having to create and re-create our lives. He was about 17. ASK (a.k.a The On-Ramp) Good morning! He is unable to deny that he senses the presence of God in Jesus even though it contradicts everything his religion has taught him. Under the cover of darkness, Nicodemus may have assumed he could keep the conversation with Jesus on his terms. Roy Almquist Ben Johnson, a teacher at Columbia Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, tells the story of a young man who came to the door of a monastery with a large duck in his arms. The Nicodemus within each of us leaps as the words return full circle and full of life. He was a good man – an intelligent, sensitive, strong leader in his community – and an active participant in weekly worship. Salvation is what the ancients called this life-long process of being made whole in God. Sunday, March 12th, 2017 – Sermon on Nicodemus and John 3(1-17) Mar16 by Jonathan Davis. I noticed his sad, swollen bloodshot eyes, and every line of his face etched in grief. He would go home with his questions answered and his life undisturbed. No one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above. By The Rev. We want predicability and control. Indeed, how? 6:1-6, 16-21, Oscar Romero – In Life and Death his Blood was “a Seed of Freedom.”, Study for Nicodemus Visiting Jesus, Henry Ossawa Tanner, marked with ashes and reminded of our mortality, Follow Interrupting the Silence on WordPress.com, A Sermon for The Feast of the Epiphany - Matthew 2:1-12, When A Loved One Dies - A Funeral Sermon on John 14:1-6, Longing And Fear - An Epiphany Sermon On Matthew 2:1-12, "The Work Of Christmas" - A Sermon On John 1:1-18, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Daytime life is the life we create for ourselves. He’s looking for something the daytime life just cannot give him. I wonder if we don’t all come to Jesus by night. VIEW the scripture. Coming to Jesus by night is not a statement about the time, Nicodemus’ motive, or his faith. Scripture: John 13:1-35, John 13:35, 1 John 4:20, Galatians 5:20-21, 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (view more) (view less) Denomination: Salvation Army. As a believer, the best way to belong is to be a servant of Christ. During the whole of … As our friends in California know very well, fault lines sometimes give way to earthquakes. Do you know what I mean? How could it not be? The text is John 3:1-17, and the title is “Born From Above.” Hope you have a great day tomorrow! We have been taught to live daytime lives. Sermon, Lent 2A, John 3:1-17. JESUS SPEAKS AND WE WHO WOULD BE BORN LISTEN. I can see how waiting for the fish to come would teach a different way. Copyright © 2009-2020 Michael K. Marsh and Interrupting The Silence, Some Rights Reserved. To begin with, as re-readers who already are familiar with this Gospel, we are struck by several details of the setting of the story. So let’s call him moderate and middle-class and, as someone recently described him, “the patron saint of seekers.”, A HOMILETICS PROFESSOR SAYS: “Richard, in my assessment, as a preacher and as a teacher of preaching, I find the exegesis in your weekly sermons to be excellent, balanced, very complete. Nic at Night. Night describes those times we fish all night but catch nothing (Jn. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that. We have grown old as we are. Change ). I suspect the loss of Biblical language signals something deeper than the loss of poetry. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” This passage of Scripture offers the greatest gift anyone … Nicodemus visits Jesus. The nighttime of life is not a situation to be resolved, a problem to be figured out, or a question to be answered. Believe this and you will be born again. It also seems to me that we go through that more than once. I don't know about you but I have really been enjoying these readings from the Gospel of John this past month or so. Then and now, he is interested in the transformation of your life and mine. New life at an old age? The Apostle John is the writer. I wonder if we don’t all come to Jesus by night. Not once, but again and again? (1 John 3:17-18). Posts about John 3:1–17 written by John Stevens. John 3:1-17 Faith for the Common Man By Dr. Philip W. McLarty The title of the sermon this morning is inspired by an orchestral work called, “Fanfare for the Common Man”, by Aaron Copeland. Some have said that Nicodemus was hiding in the darkness. It hurts the most when I hear these beloved banished words rolling smoothly off the tongues of Christians who have stripped them from their contexts and use them for personal gain. March 12, 2017; Rev. ( Log Out /  It’s why this season of Lent focuses on the very opposite of daytime living: letting go instead of possessing, hunger instead of fullness, self-denial instead of self-satisfaction, change instead of status quo, self-examination instead of blissful ignorance, and darkness rather than light. Isn’t that why we’ve shown up here today? Nicodemus Visits Jesus. A sermon for Lent 2 based on John 3:1-17, emphasising what it means for us to be loved by God. Some things take more effort to deny than they do to admit. Jesus invites us to be like the wind engaging with everything we come in contact with but not to attach. LCMS Sermons - James T. Batchelor Sermon on John 3:1-17. Then he could go on with his normal religious life. One day I received the news that he had hanged himself on the swing set of the playground at a nearby school. It happens to us in so many different aspects of our lives. Do you suppose this is all that is required of you to be born anew? Things will change and we’ll get what we want. Bryan Wolfmueller; Second Sunday in Lent; John 3:1-17; Details Listen Born of the Spirit. — Copyright for this sermon, 2002, the Rev. This second birth gives meaning to, completes, and fulfills our first birth. Good, strong words that caressed, nurtured, and supported me nearly all my life; the same words that had shaped a vision and given form to my hopes had slowly slipped away. Thank you so much for that verse…I will memorize that one. Jesus teaches Nicodemus 3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. This, however, is the Spirit’s work not ours. John 3:16; is probably the most well-known verse in the entire Bible. “Nicodemus, Born of Water and Spirit” is a sermon interpretation of John 3: 1-17. The Bible object lesson teaches about being Born Again and the new life possible in Jesus. We are unable to create and sustain our own life in the night. Born From Above. When we realize that about our self and our life we have entered the nighttime of life. The discomforts of the darkness are the contractions by which we are pushed into new life and born again. The contractions of the darkness are God reshaping, forming, and molding you in the likeness of Christ. Lent is our reminder that the nighttime of life, no matter how dark, is always filled with the promise of new life, full life, abundant life, God’s own life – what Jesus calls eternal life. “How can these things be?” He wants an answer, information. 11:10). Blessings to you and Pansy for a Holy Lent. Why settle for re-creating ourselves one more time when Christ is dying to give us a life we could never create for ourselves? No matter how full, beautiful, or successful daytime life is it will always be incomplete, fragile, and fleeting. So don’t flee the darkness. Then you’re ready to share this message in your church next Sunday, March 8, 2020. He got up and left the table, St. John writes, “and it was night” (Jn.13:30). Biblical Commentary Can I … What a powerful post. Love graciously given; Love freely enduring the agony of Love lost. This is the heart of the matter isn’t it? Nightfall is a battle for many of us, a time when our past sins haunt us and fears visit us. You go through the motions but that inner motivation is not there. We cannot birth ourselves. A Sermon on John 3:1-17. About rfour.org. He was certainly not poor. Our efforts prove fruitless and our nets remain empty. How can I reenter the womb? Corny, I know but you’re only a seminarian once:). Will you read that at my son’s funeral?”. In St. John’s account of the gospel night is that time, Jesus says, “when no one can work” (Jn. We come to church to worship God. It’s what Jesus invited Nicodemus to accept. This verse tells us about God's love and what that love involves. Nicodemus “came to Jesus by night” (John 3:1-17, Lent 2A). We are only summoned to believe and to cast our lives confidently upon God who is capable of transforming everything, even you. Literalism is a way to keep things safe on the page or in the head, but certainly not in the heart. And again. Scripture: John 13:1-17. The image of Nicodemus grinding away, thinking to himself if I only do it again, do it better, if I just keep pushing … And it’s all force, and it cannot be the space for something new to enter. He is giving to one sinner after another repentance and forgiveness of sins and a character unto holiness commenced and progressive. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” Wait a minute, sir. By night everything is hidden. TRY SERMONWRITER! We prefer what is safe and familiar. We live with a sense of identity and security. At the appropriate hour, the cathedral filed with young and old alike. Commentary, John 3:1-17, David Lose, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2011. That is very important. The very life we create for ourselves often becomes the circumstances that take us into the darkness. Nancee, thanks so much for reading my blog and sharing your interpretation. We stumble through the darkness, grasping for something to hold, seeking answers and explanations for our life. But your connecting night with pregnancy — the gestation necessary for being born from above — that’s a compelling analogy. The words that once seduced us with holy vigor into the community of faith, but that are now banished from our lips, are welcomed as refugees into the glad embrace of those who turn words to wood, and then use them as weapons against others. Sermons on John 3:1-17. It is, rather, a description of Nicodemus and his life, a description that probably fits all of us at one time or another. Several years ago, I noticed something peculiar happening to me, as well as many of my friends and colleagues in the church. St John is using it to describe a condition or a circumstance. How can it be that you or any of us who are nursing secret hurts and fears, nagging insecurities and embarrassing private sins can ever change? He has security and power. We must remember that what is born of the flesh is flesh and that there is more to us and our lives than what we can create for ourselves. I want to recover the words that gave us life and formed us in a lively, risk-taking faith. Of course, poets without words are a sorry lot, and isn’t that what the tellers of Good News are – poets? Curriculum. I wonder if that’s not true for all of us. Several years ago I was called upon to preside over the funeral of a teenage boy who had been “hanging out” with our church youth group. Elsewhere Jesus speaks of night as the time when we stumble because there is no light in us and we just can’t see the way forward (Jn. He’s stumbling in the dark. March 8 2020, Lectionary Year A, 3-8-20. Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” That’s right, it’s a ping pong ball – with a face on it. [hold up the Nicodemus ping pong ball] Can you tell me what this is? Hymn Lists. Blog. And again. Lectionary Blogging, Lent 2, John Petty, Progressive Involvement, 2011. I don’t think it’s any of those. John 3:1-17 No Greater Love A 14th century monk announced to the people of his village that he was going to preach the greatest sermon ever preached on the love of God. He was scared and didn’t want to be seen or caught. We’ll do it differently this time. He can’t deny what he feels in the presence of Jesus, so he follows his question to the source. Passage: John 3:1-17; Speaker: Chris de Monyé Sermon Series: Standalone Messages; Others In This Sermon Series 09.20.20 Mission Moving Forward. This father, a stranger outside the boundaries of the Church spoke the words to me. They now returned to me on his lips. Nicodemus couldn’t deny what he sensed but neither did he have the courage to raise his questions in public. John 3:1-17 Losing Your Religion (Howard), All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Children’s Sermon for John 3:1-17. We establish our place in life. Everything has been turned upside down and nothing is certain. Is this all that’s required: to come timidly at night or to come boldly in the day to ask of God, how can this be? Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. I NOTICED WORDS WALKING OUT ON ME. Dr. Mark S. Nuckols, Senior Pastor; Second Sunday in Lent; John 3:1-17; Details Listen Every Believer is Born Again. Nicodemus encounters Jesus and his whole life is thrown into turmoil. xx. He may have been wealthy but he didn’t show off. As difficult and painful as it may be the nighttime of life is the womb by which we are born from above. Nicodemus discovers quickly that he can’t control his encounter with God or even the course of his life. This is risky business. It’s difficult, uncomfortable, even painful. Don’t bother putting it back together. That’s what Nicodemus is doing. March 16, 2014 ; Rev. A Children’s Sermon on John 3:1-17 I wonder if you’ve ever thought about how strange it is that we can’t see God. Used by permission. What’s going on here? Children’s Sermon John 3:1-17. 21:3). We don’t even know how to say “Jesus” without worrying that someone will think we belong to Jerry Falwell’s club. Losing Your Religion. A few have even said it was just a matter of scheduling and night was the only time Nicodemus and Jesus could get together. John 3:1-17 Not What We Know but What We’ve Been Given Sometimes I feel like I don’t know anything. And we cry out: How can this be? Closed with Hildegard of Bingen’s vision, ” Thus am I, but like a feather on the breath of God,” and blew a feather in the air. So, sadly, the old words hang from the walls of faith like bearded-elders to kindle a nostalgic feeling of the way things used to be. Shall we, gazing upon the patron saint of seekers, follow our questions until they bring to the source of life? By day all is well. I barely said goodbye when I heard the screen door slam behind them. Mission, Vision, Values & Marks; Location & Directions; Affiliations; Information & Resources View Contents. Thank you Lawrence. Reply. In this search for a lively faith, I find great empathy with Nicodemus. Commentary on John 3:1-17 View Bible Text . I’d like to name it. John has been spending much time in his letter encouraging fellow Christians. He fits in. James T. Batchelor. Somehow we can never get enough. How did I know that I had lost them? Nicodemus is attached to the temporal law and therefore is not free to see the bigger glory of eternal birth. This is the sermon I’m preaching tomorrow, February 17, 2008, the second Sunday in Lent. Resources for Christian Education Children’s Sermon John 3:1-17. I, the disenchanted lover, let these once beloved words stroll away. John 3: 1-17 “He came to Jesus by night.” In the only gospel to name Jesus the Light of the World, the light shining in the darkness, this small phrase at the beginning of our gospel is no accident. Learn how your comment data is processed. In the dark life doesn’t make sense and we don’t understand. The Man Who Came By Night – John 3: 1-17 Second Sunday in Lent, March 19/20, 2011 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. John 3:1-17 Losing Your Religion (Howard) SW-Admin 2017-03-22T04:44:46-07:00. ( Log Out /  John 3:1-17 March 24, 2011. LCMS Sermons - Rev. My father had the secret of joy and life, and I think he heard it while he waited for his fish to come. So am I. He is a Pharisee. He has an identity. We probably all know what that’s like. And I let them go. Dawn Hutchings. Coming by night is the recognition that there is a daytime Nicodemus and a nighttime Nicodemus; just as there is a daytime Mike and a nighttime Mike, a daytime you and a nighttime you. The fault line cracks right down the center; grace shatters the fetters of safe religion. So many different aspects of our lives with the power to make us whole stranger. 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