May 16, 2020 | Encountering Jesus, Part One: Nicodemus

Jesus’ Encounter with Nicodemus

If you have read the gospels, you know that a lot of times Jesus spoke to the masses. Jesus had quite the following during His time ministering on earth. But we also find in the gospels a few personal encounters with individuals. We’re beginning a new three-week series looking into key conversations Jesus had with individuals. This week we’ll learn about Nicodemus, the Jewish Pharisee in John 3.

If you are a believer in Jesus, you’ve had a personal encounter with Him! Having a personal relationship with Jesus because of His work on the cross is how we are able to become children of God. Chris will take us deeper into the story where Nicodemus was seeking to understand Who Jesus was and why He was there. 

As we go through these three weeks, we’ll take Jesus’ words in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” and break down how each encounter represents these three areas of the world: Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and the end of the earth.

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Apples of Gold: You Have Never Seen the Light

As Zvi was walking home, he happened to take a different route. He walked through the most religious area in Jerusalem. There he saw three young religious men gambling on the street. When he confronted them, they started heckling him. An elderly rabbi came up and asked Zvi to come with him. As Zvi and the rabbi talked, Zvi was able to share his beliefs. Like Nicodemus, the rabbi hungered for God’s Word. Listen how God used Zvi to speak the Truth of God in this rabbi’s life.

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The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

Comments 1

  1. The encounter of Nicodemus with Jesus is very interesting.
    I am sure Nicodemus had a very strong knowledge of the books of Moses.
    Jesus seemed out of step with what he believed.
    Nicodemus was going to teach Jesus what he understood about scripture, little did he understand he was going to have an encounter with the author of what we know is the Bible.
    The part I like is this promise, “If you seek ME, you will find ME”. Jesus was kind, HE did not humiliate Nicodemus, Jesus explained what HE was about.
    I would like a complete transcript of the encounter.
    As Nicodemus left, was he confused?
    Enter the HOLY SPIRIT, “I can not believe that I can not by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to HIM; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, “. Luther’s Small Catechism.

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