A Fresh Breeze For Your Mind

BIBLICAL INSIGHTS in 500 words

 

A Fresh Breeze For Your Mind

John 2:13-25; John 3:1-17

Jesus vandalized the temple, upsetting the authorities (John 2:13-25). Temple Rulers asked for his credentials. He said, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days” (John 2:19). John tells us that, “The temple he had spoken of was his body” (John 3:21).

1-A New Temple

The point: JESUS IS GOD’S TEMPLE. In Jesus, the presence of God is with us. The Temple authorities were not amused.

One of the authorities was Nicodemus, “a member of the ruling council” (John 3:1). When he came to Jesus by night. Jesus knew his mind and heart, because, “He knew what was in each person” (John 2:25).

Jesus cuts to the challenge – “no one can see the Kingdom of God unless they are born again” (John 3:3).   With this single phrase, Jesus proclaims the remedy for the two-fold problem exposed when he ravaged the Temple.

  • First, Israel has failed in her commission to be the light of God to the World.
  • Second, the Temple no longer houses the presence/light of God in the world.

Jesus succeeds where Israel failed. Therefore:

  • First, Jesus brings the light of Heaven into the world.
  • Second, Jesus is the presence of God in the world.

The presence of God is found in Jesus!

2-A New Family

The point: GOD HAS A NEW FAMILY. By announcing that a person must be born again (John 3:2), Jesus affirms that God is starting a new family. He stumbles for a response; “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb” (John 3:4). Jesus ignores his inadequate response and drives home the need to be born again (John 3:5-7).

In the Judaism of Nicodemus, being born into the right family was the significant issue in life. You had to be born a child of Abraham. Jesus calls out this member of the ruling council – discard your heritage and trust in a new birth.

3-A New Panorama

We no longer see God by looking at the temple and a birth certificate. The presence of God is no longer be enshrined in a Temple or a genetic code.   God’s presence and people are wherever the Spirit blows:

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit” (John 3:8).

Through Jesus, the kingdom of God is thrown open to anyone and everyone. No human family, tribe, organization, or system can control the movement of the Spirit.

Opening the window to the breeze of God’s radical Kingdom is frustrating and inconvenient for the world of Nicodemus where everything is tidy, labeled, and sorted into neat piles.

In the Temple, Jesus “scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables” (John 2:15). Jesus has repeated the process by scattering and overturning the neat and tidy thinking of Nicodemus.

 

One Reply to “A Fresh Breeze For Your Mind”

  1. This blog focused on John 3 by Richard Parrott reminds me that Christ called Nicodemus to think differently about his spiritual life. This call is for me as well. It is easy to get stuck in what we have been taught by our heritage, by our old ways of thinking and behaving, and by our misconceptions and prejudices. Jesus called Nicodemus to see that He (Jesus) has replaced the temple with His own body, that God has provided for a new birth, and that the Holy Spirit is the One who gives true life. Likewise, Jesus calls me to be quickened by the Spirit so that I turn my eyes on Jesus to experience the truth and reality of His call.

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