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Gospel centred sermons, based on the lectionary often in advance.

Mar 11, 2014

Focus Reading: John 3:1-17 Click here for   Audio File

The story of the snake being lifted up in the desert makes no sense. The story of Jesus being lifted up on the cross and giving us eternal life makes no sense either! Yet that is what this famous passage tells us is the truth of our life and salvation. Nicodemous finds it hard to understand and so do we. We think we have to do something like re-enter our mother's womb but that's not how it works. Being born again or from above is not about what we do it is about what God has done in us when we received Jesus by faith. This was the experience of the disciples, Paul and hundreds of millions of Christians down through the ages. It is my experience too.

Questions for thought or discussion.

What do you make of the story of the snake on the pole? What does it mean to be born from above or again? Describe your exerience of faith in Jesus? How do you understand the cross in relation to faith?