Worldly things and supernatural things

marmsky May (15)

Worldly things and supernatural things

Devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2382

John 3:9-15

Joh 3:9 “How can these things be?” answered Nicodemus.

Joh 3:10 “Are you a teacher of Israel and you don’t know these things?” Jesus replied.

Joh 3:11 “Sincerely I am telling you, we are speaking what we know and we are testifying to what we have seen, but you are not receiving our testimony.

Joh 3:12 If I have told you about worldly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about supernatural things?

Joh 3:13 No one has ascended into the sky except the one who descended from the sky– the Son of Man.

Joh 3:14 “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,

Joh 3:15 so that everyone who is believing in him may have permanent life.

Worldly things and supernatural things

What were the worldly things that Jesus had mentioned to Nicodemus? I think he must have been referring to what he said about the wind in verse 8. He was comparing the fact that the wind does what it does invisibly, causing a visible result. He had been talking about being birthed from above by the Holy Spirit.

Now Jesus is preparing to talk about other supernatural things (τὰ ἐπουράνια). So, he offers another comparison. He compares God’s plan for saving humanity through Christ with God’s plan for dealing with the snake infestation of Numbers 21:4-9.

The comparison is not exact. Jesus points out that Moses’ bronze snake only allowed the Israelites to resume their temporary life. But Jesus death on the cross will allow the one believing in him (ὁ πιστεύων ⸂ἐν αὐτῷ) to have permanent life (ζωὴν αἰώνιον).

LORD, thank you for your divine plan, making it possible for us to live forever.

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