Lesson Guide, Direction
God’s Saving Love in Christ
Devotional Reading: Titus 3:1-7
Highlighted Text – John 3:1-16
Key Verse – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
As we vastly approach the commemoration of the Cross, what is one word you would use to describe the work of Jesus, the Christ on Calvary? Of course, there are many words that can describe His awesome and unselfish work, but it is challenging to narrow it down to one. So God has made it simple for us: Love. Everything thing that God has done, everything that God the Father allowed God the Son to do and continue to do is rooted in love. This makes witnessing to others and extending an invitation to Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday services easy. If no other time during the year, we as Christian believers should be supercharged up to share our faith. Someone needs to know about the LOVE of God.
Jesus is From God (John 3:1-2)
As the Passover (a major Jewish spring festival) was approaching, a man a member of the highest court of the Jews approached Jesus one night. His name was Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a well educated Pharisee who had witnessed some of the miracles that Jesus had performed; therefore, decided to seek after him for spiritual guidance. To Nicodemus surprise, Jesus enlightens him about the kingdom of God.
Born of the Spirit (John 3:3-9)
Baffled by Jesus statement of the requirements by which a person can enter the kingdom of God; having to be born again, Nicodemus inquires how is that possible? Jesus takes the time to teach Nicodemus about salvation. He brings clarity to Nicodemus’ questions and confusion about being born again. The well-respected Pharisee thought that Jesus was referring to a natural birth, but He was talking about a spiritual one.
Believing in the Son of Man (John 3:10-15)
As well-respected by man and an educated religious man Nicodemus was, he found himself perplexed by the teachings of Jesus. It is almost like a professor discovering that he doesn’t know something that his colleague would expect him to know. Even so, Jesus takes His time to teach Nicodemus even further. During the process, Jesus reveals His deity.
Jesus Came to Save (John 3:16)
Jesus summarizes His teaching points into one sentence. He explains to Nicodemus that he is able to be born again spiritually because God the Son will be lifted up and sacrificed. This sacrifice is made because of love.
Do you recall when you first related to Nicodemus? Sure, there are things that you can relate to now when considering this passage. But there was a time when you were being guided through the requirements for salvation and how many questions you had or how puzzled you felt about spiritual matters. How many Nicodemite’s will you encounter this week, this Good Friday, this Resurrection Sunday? Will you take the time just as Jesus did in order to teach them about the love of God that caused Him to sacrifice His one and only son?
Father God, we thank you for being patient with us, teaching us about the most important lesson ever; salvation. God allow us to recall our salvation experience and be intentional about sharing our experience with others so that they too might have their own. Let us be planters who always carry cooling water and ready to pour. LORD, we pause to truly thank you for saving us!
Commentary by, Minister Shulanda Hastings
Senior Ministry Leader
Spirit Realm Divine Manifestation Ministries