SUMMARY OF JOHN 3:9-15
Jesus says that the Jewish leaders still do not see or accept him and the testimony of the disciples and others. If you do not understand earthly things, how will you understand heavenly things? The Son of Man will be lifted into heaven so that others will be.
BSF Study Questions John’s Gospel: The Truth Lesson 4, Day 3: John 3:9-15
7a) The disciples and John the Baptist.
b) That the Jewish leaders do not accept the testimony of others. That they do not understand God’s Word, essentially.
8 ) The bronze serpent was God’s means of salvation for those bitten by the snake. Similarly, Jesus’ death on the cross is God’s mean of salvation for all of humanity bitten by sin.
9a) When you are saved, you believe in Christ’s sacrifice for your sins on the cross. You then will have eternal life.
b) That Jesus would choose to suffer death for lowly ol’ me.
Conclusions BSF Study Questions John’s Gospel: The Truth Lesson 4, Day 3: John 3:9-15
I love the emphasis on the fact that anyone can be blind to Christ, including religious leaders. We must always grow close to God ourselves and not rely on others for knowledge of God.
End Notes BSF Study Questions John’s Gospel: The Truth Lesson 4, Day 3: John 3:9-15
Jesus chides Nicodemus as a religious leader that he does not understand the Scriptures.
Christ is the ultimate authority on heavenly things.
Jesus said that the serpent in Numbers is himself, sent to redeem his people. Serpents represent evil in the Bible and appear more than 50 times. Bronze is associated with judgment in the Bible. A bronze serpent is sin judged, which is Jesus who judges sin.
The people trusted the serpent to save them simply by glancing at it. Similarly, we trust in Jesus.
The Son of Man must be lifted up (ascend). We must accept, not do.
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