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Jesus and

Nicodemus

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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.”

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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.”

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“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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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