Jesus and Nicodemus



One night a man came to visit Jesus, his name was Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a Pharisee and he was very important. “Teacher, we know you come from God. No one can heal people and do what you do if God is not with them,” said Nicodemus. Jesus answered him, “I tell you no man can come into heaven unless he is born again.”



Nicodemus asked, “Do you mean I need to be a baby again? And be born from my mother again?” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth. No one can go to heaven unless they have been born twice. You are born first when your mother gives birth to you, and then again when you are born in spirit into God’s family.”



“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. “You teach other people about God and you don’t know,” Jesus said. “I spoke to you about things you would understand, and you didn’t. How can you believe if I tell you harder things?” Jesus asked, “Do you remember the snake Moses lifted up to save the people in the desert? So too will the Son of Man be lifted up to save everyone.”



Jesus said, “Remember God loved the world so much that He sent His only son down to earth. And if you believe in God’s son, you will not die, but live forever with Him in heaven.” He continued on, “Because God did not send Him to tell everyone how terrible they are, but to save everyone. But, if you do not believe in God’s only son then you will not go to heaven when you die.”



Jesus continued, “Here is what happened, God sent Light into the world. But, the men loved darkness instead of Light, and hid from the Light because they did bad. If you hate the Light you can not have God in you. But, if you live by the truth you will come into the Light.”



After talking with Nicodemus, Jesus and his disciples went out into the countryside and were preaching and teaching and baptizing people. John’s disciples came to him and complained about Jesus and his disciples baptizing. They said, “The man you said was coming is baptizing and He is stealing disciples from you.” John looked at them and shook his head, “I told you I was not the Christ. This is what must happen. Jesus must become bigger, and I must become less.”



Later John the Baptizer went and told Herod that he was wrong. Herod was trying to do things God had said not to do. So, Herod got really mad, and he threw John in jail.