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1
Jesus' Solution for Our Lives and World
  • By Glenn Kenadjian

2
A Solution for What?
  • Many things are not right in our world and lives
  • We lack harmony and often dont have peace
  • Why is this?

3
A Biblical Diagnosis
  • At heart, something is wrong in all of us
  • We can do good things, but we also have corrupted
    desires and can do bad things (i.e., we have
    problems in our actions and hearts)
  • We all contribute toward disharmony and pain in
    our world and in our own lives

4
How do we respond to this problem?
  • Dont worry about it, focus on other things
  • Look for solutions
  • Most common response
  • Usually just focus on obtaining personal
    satisfaction
  • But disharmony remains, and the satisfactions we
    find do not last
  • Jesus claimed to have the solution
  • Lets look at what he said in a conversation with
    a man named Nicodemus

5
Nicodemus Meets Jesus
  • John 3
  • 1  Now there was a man of the Pharisees named
    Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2  This man came
    to Jesus 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.

6
About Nicodemus
  • John 3
  • 1  Now there was a man of the Pharisees named
    Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2  This man came
    to Jesus 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.
  • Pharisees were Jews--
  • Highly educated and scholarly
  • Careful in ethics
  • Extremely Religious

7
About Nicodemus
  • John 3
  • 1  Now there was a man of the Pharisees named
    Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2  This man came
    to Jesus 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.
  • An important leader
  • High social status

8
About Nicodemus
  • John 3
  • 1  Now there was a man of the Pharisees named
    Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2  This man came
    to Jesus 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.
  • Why do you think he came to Jesus at night?

9
About Nicodemus
  • John 3
  • 1  Now there was a man of the Pharisees named
    Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2  This man came
    to Jesus 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.
  • Believed Jesus was a teacher come from God

10
Jesus Teaching
  • 3     Jesus answered him, Truly, truly, I say to
    you, unless one is born again he cannot see the
    kingdom of God.

11
Nicodemus Reaction
  • 4     Nicodemus said to him, How can a man be
    born when he is old? Can he enter a second time
    into his mothers womb and be born?
  • He asks a how question
  • Startled
  • Uncomprehending

12
Jesus Repeats his Teaching
  • 5     Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to
    you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit,
    he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
  • Repeats his emphasis of Truly, Truly
  • Repeats Unless . . . cannot . . .a necessary
    condition

13
Side Note about the Kingdom of God
  • It is where God reigns and all is in harmony with
    him (results in harmony with everyone and
    everything else too)
  • It is experienced in full in heaven
  • But it can be experienced to some degree now

14
Jesus Elaborates
  • 6   That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and
    that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
    7  Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be
    born again. 8  The wind blows where it wishes,
    and you hear its sound, but you do not know where
    it comes from or where it goes. So it is with
    everyone who is born of the Spirit.

15
Jesus Elaborates
  • 6   That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and
    that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
    7  Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be
    born again. 8  The wind blows where it wishes,
    and you hear its sound, but you do not know where
    it comes from or where it goes. So it is with
    everyone who is born of the Spirit.
  • 1st birth Flesh to flesh (physical birth/life)

16
Jesus Elaborates
  • 6   That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and
    that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
    7  Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be
    born again. 8  The wind blows where it wishes,
    and you hear its sound, but you do not know where
    it comes from or where it goes. So it is with
    everyone who is born of the Spirit.
  • 1st birth Flesh to flesh (physical birth/life)
  • 2nd birth Spirit to spirit (spiritual birth/life)

17
Jesus Elaborates
  • 6   That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and
    that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
    7  Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be
    born again. 8  The wind blows where it wishes,
    and you hear its sound, but you do not know where
    it comes from or where it goes. So it is with
    everyone who is born of the Spirit.
  • 1st birth Flesh to flesh (physical birth/life)
  • 2nd birth Spirit to spirit (spiritual
    birth/life)
  • The second birth comes from Gods Spirit

18
Jesus Elaborates
  • 6   That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and
    that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
    7  Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be
    born again. 8  The wind blows where it wishes,
    and you hear its sound, but you do not know where
    it comes from or where it goes. So it is with
    everyone who is born of the Spirit.
  • 1st birth Flesh to flesh (physical birth/life)
  • 2nd birth Spirit to spirit (spiritual
    birth/life)
  • The second birth comes from Gods Spirit
  • You cannot observe Gods Spirit directly or know
    where he will act next, but sometimes people can
    sense when he is working

19
Jesus Elaborates
  • 6   That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and
    that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
    7  Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be
    born again. 8  The wind blows where it wishes,
    and you hear its sound, but you do not know where
    it comes from or where it goes. So it is with
    everyone who is born of the Spirit.
  • 1st birth Flesh to flesh (physical birth/life)
  • 2nd birth Spirit to spirit (spiritual
    birth/life)
  • The second birth comes from Gods Spirit
  • You cannot observe Gods Spirit directly or know
    where he will act next, but sometimes people can
    sense when he is working
  • Note Jesus makes it personal!

20
Nicodemus' Second Question
  • 9     Nicodemus said to him, How can these
    things be?
  • He asks another how question
  • Astonishment, but more than astonishment
  • How can this come to be, i.e., occur?

21
Jesus' Reply
  • 10     Jesus answered him, Are you the teacher
    of Israel and yet you do not understand these
    things?
  • First, Jesus says you should already know about
    this.
  • Implies this teaching was in the Old Testament

22
Likely Old Testament Reference
  • Ezekiel 3625-28
  • I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall
    be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from
    all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will
    give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put
    within you. And I will remove the heart of stone
    from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

23
Likely Old Testament Reference
  • Ezekiel 3625-28
  • I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall
    be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from
    all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will
    give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put
    within you. And I will remove the heart of stone
    from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
  • God is promising
  • He will cleanse people from their uncleannesses
    (what makes people unacceptable to God)

24
Likely Old Testament Reference
  • Ezekiel 3625-28
  • I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall
    be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from
    all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will
    give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put
    within you. And I will remove the heart of stone
    from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
  • God is promising
  • He will cleanse people from their uncleannesses
  • He will put a new spirit within them (i.e.,
    Spirit gives birth to spirit)

25
Likely Old Testament Reference
  • Ezekiel 3625-28
  • I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall
    be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from
    all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will
    give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put
    within you. And I will remove the heart of stone
    from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
  • God is promising
  • He will cleanse people from their uncleannesses
  • He will put a new spirit within them
  • He will give people a new heartnot stony /
    insensitive, but responsive

26
Jesus' Reply (continued)
  • 11  Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what
    we know, and bear witness to what we have seen,
    but you do not receive our testimony. 12  If I
    have told you earthly things and you do not
    believe, how can you believe if I tell you
    heavenly things? 13  No one has ascended into
    heaven except he who descended from heaven, the
    Son of Man.

27
Jesus' Reply (continued)
  • 11  Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what
    we know, and bear witness to what we have seen,
    but you do not receive our testimony. 12  If I
    have told you earthly things and you do not
    believe, how can you believe if I tell you
    heavenly things? 13  No one has ascended into
    heaven except he who descended from heaven, the
    Son of Man.
  • Next, Jesus says he knows what he is talking
    about. (How does he know about heavenly matters?)

28
Jesus' Reply (continued)
  • 11  Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what
    we know, and bear witness to what we have seen,
    but you do not receive our testimony. 12  If I
    have told you earthly things and you do not
    believe, how can you believe if I tell you
    heavenly things? 13  No one has ascended into
    heaven except he who descended from heaven, the
    Son of Man.
  • Next, Jesus says he knows what he is talking
    about
  • He says he knows about heavenly matters because
    he came from heaven

29
Jesus' Reply (continued still)
  • 14  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the
    wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
    15  that whoever believes in him may have eternal
    life.
  • Finally Jesus answers the question, How can this
    be / occur?

30
Jesus' Reply (continued still)
  • 14  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the
    wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
    15  that whoever believes in him may have eternal
    life.
  • Finally Jesus answers the question, How can this
    be / occur?
  • He starts with a story from the Old Testament

31
Story of Moses' Lifting the Serpent
  • Numbers 21  
  • 4 From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the
    Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the
    people became impatient on the way. 5  And the
    people spoke against God and against Moses, Why
    have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the
    wilderness? For there is no food and no water,
    and we loathe this worthless food.
  • The Israelite people had been freed from slavery
    in Egypt by God and had witnessed many miracles.
    (God chose them to be his witnesses to the world)

32
Story of Moses' Lifting the Serpent
  • Numbers 21  
  • 4 From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the
    Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the
    people became impatient on the way. 5  And the
    people spoke against God and against Moses, Why
    have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the
    wilderness? For there is no food and no water,
    and we loathe this worthless food.
  • The Israelite people had been freed from slavery
    in Egypt by God and had witnessed many miracles.
  • After all God had done for them, how did they
    respond?

33
  • 6  Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the
    people, and they bit the people, so that many
    people of Israel died.
  • God judged and punished them

34
  • 7  And the people came to Moses and said, We
    have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord
    and against you. Pray to the Lord, that he take
    away the serpents from us. So Moses prayed for
    the people.

35
  • 7  And the people came to Moses and said, We
    have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord
    and against you. Pray to the Lord, that he take
    away the serpents from us. So Moses prayed for
    the people.
  • The people acknowledged their sin
  • They asked Moses to pray to God for them to take
    away the serpents.

36
  • 8  And the Lord said to Moses, Make a fiery
    serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is
    bitten, when he sees it, shall live. 9  So Moses
    made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And
    if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the
    bronze serpent and live.

37
  • 8  And the Lord said to Moses, Make a fiery
    serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is
    bitten, when he sees it, shall live. 9  So Moses
    made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And
    if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the
    bronze serpent and live.
  • God did not take away the serpents
  • Instead he gave a remedy for the fatal
    consequences of their punishment.
  • As people followed Gods remedy, they were saved

38
Jesus' Reply (continued still)
  • 14  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the
    wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
    15  that whoever believes in him may have eternal
    life.
  • How we can have eternal life is like what
    happened in this story.
  • (Eternal life is everlasting life in Gods
    kingdom. To enter, we must be born again.)

39
Exploring the Analogy
  • People in Moses Day
  • People in Our Day
  • Had sinned, and were facing impending death
  • God provided a cure for their punishment-he had
    Moses lift up a statue
  • Have sinned, and facing impending eternal death
  • God provided a cure for our punishment-he had the
    Son of Man lifted up

40
Exploring the Analogy
  • People in Moses Day
  • People in Our Day
  • Whoever looked to Gods provision was healed by
    God and lived
  • Whoever looks to Gods provision gets a new birth
    from God into eternal life

41
Jesus' Reply (continued still)
  • 14  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the
    wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
    15  that whoever believes in him may have eternal
    life.
  • Jesus says this happens through believing in him
  • Not just believe that
  • Believe in trust your whole life with

The French tightrope walker Blondin asked a crowd
if they believed he could carry a man on a rope
over Niagra Falls. They said YES! Then he
asked, Who will volunteer? This is believe
in.
42
Concluding Remarks
  • 16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his
    only Son, that whoever believes in him should not
    perish but have eternal life. 17  For God did not
    send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
    but in order that the world might be saved
    through him.

43
Concluding Remarks
  • 16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his
    only Son, that whoever believes in him should not
    perish but have eternal life. 17  For God did not
    send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
    but in order that the world might be saved
    through him.
  • Gods motivelove

44
Concluding Remarks
  • 16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his
    only Son, that whoever believes in him should not
    perish but have eternal life. 17  For God did not
    send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
    but in order that the world might be saved
    through him.
  • Gods motivelove
  • Gods provisiongave his only son

45
Concluding Remarks
  • 16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his
    only Son, that whoever believes in him should not
    perish but have eternal life. 17  For God did not
    send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
    but in order that the world might be saved
    through him.
  • Gods motivelove
  • Gods provisiongave his only son
  • Gods reasonthat whoever believes in him should
    not perish but have eternal life

46
Concluding Remarks
  • 16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his
    only Son, that whoever believes in him should not
    perish but have eternal life. 17  For God did not
    send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
    but in order that the world might be saved
    through him.
  • Gods motivelove
  • Gods provisiongave his only son
  • Gods reasonthat whoever believes in him should
    not perish but have eternal life
  • Gods ultimate endthe world may be saved

47
Overall Summary
48
Jesus' Solution for Our Lives World
  • What Is It?
  • A New Birth for a New Life
  • Not an improvement of our old nature but an
    implantation of a new spiritual nature/life from
    God

49
Jesus' Solution for Our Lives World
  • Who Needs Jesus Solution?
  • According to Jesus, Everyone
  • Even the most moral and intellectual and religious

50
Jesus' Solution for Our Lives World
  • Why Do We Need It?
  • To Enter Gods Kingdom / Have Eternal Life
  • We have all done wrong and our natures are
    corrupted
  • This results in 1) Gods condemnation and 2)
    alienation / disharmony with God, with others
    and in ourselves
  • The new spiritual birth results in 1)
    reconciliation with God and 2) real personal
    transformation as this new spiritual life in
    Gods kingdom is cultivated
  • This is Gods way to save people and the world

51
Jesus' Solution for Our Lives World
  • How Do We Experience Jesus Solution?
  • By Believing in Jesus
  • Involves recognizing your need
  • Involves believing that Jesus is Gods provision
    for your need
  • Involves entrusting your whole life with Jesus
    (willingly submitting yourself to Gods kingdom)

52
Jesus' Solution for Our Lives World
  • When Does It Happen?
  • New life begins when you respond to the Spirits
    initiative and trust in Jesus
  • Gods spirit blows where he wishes
  • You sense yourself being attracted to Jesus
  • You respond with trusting yourself with Jesus
  • The new birth happens then, but it is just the
    start
  • Fuller transformation happens with time and
    ongoing trust in God
  • Changes show new life is present

53
Responses
  • Dont Believe It Now
  • Believe It Now
  • Is there some attraction though?
  • If no, thanks for listening.
  • If yes, look into it more. Maybe God is drawing
    you.
  • Have you already put your trust in Jesus?
  • If yes, keep growing in your relationship.
  • If no, talk with someone about doing this.

54
Discussion Questions
  • Do you agree something is wrong in all of uswe
    have corrupted desires and do wrong? If so, how
    big a problem do you think this is?
  • What questions do you have about Jesus solution
    for our lives and world?
  • If you dont mind sharing, what response do you
    have to Jesus solution?
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