An Encounter with Jesus
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An Encounter with Jesus

John 3:1–5  (ID: 0577)

A prestigious religious leader of his time, Nicodemus sought out Jesus under cover of darkness to learn more about Him. When they met, Jesus spoke plainly about the kingdom of God and the predicament that man faces. He explained that external religion—all the usual things we rely on to gain divine favor—cannot open the door to God’s kingdom. As Alistair Begg points out, though, Jesus also offered a solution: an invitation to be born again and receive eternal life.

You Must Be Born Again

1Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2This man came to Jesus1 by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” 3Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again2 he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” 5Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.