Posts Tagged ‘jerusalem’

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When I saw on the news Monday (February 10th) that Iran warships were coming close to the US coast I thought, “Is April Fool’s Day happening sooner this year?”  Fox News reported on their website that Iran is doing this because the US has deployed ships close to their borders.  This is a puzzling development.  Iran is obviously attempting to take a stand against the US.  The US appears reluctant to start a war.  Could this be the beginnings of a new cold war?  That is one possibility.

While the world pursues peace, there will always be a stumbling block for it until the Antichrist strikes a deal with Israel and the Muslim community in the Middle East.  What does this mean for people living today?  The time is now to put your faith in the one true God.  Things are only going to escalate more and more and more in the coming years.  The peace the world desperately wants will never be until the Lord returns (John 14:3).  The bible tells us that God sent His Son to the world to die for our sins and the sins of this whole world and all that is asked is not for us to join a church or give money or be a good person.  All that is asked for you to believe in Jesus for eternal (John 3:16 and 1 John 2:1,2).  You do not need to pray a prayer or become a Christian in order to believe in Jesus.  All you need to do is believe in Him (John 6:57).

He had to speak to him.  He had questions, questions that he or any other person he knew could answer.  Therefore, he waited.  He waited until it was dark enough so no one would notice him.  He was afraid that if caught it could mean he would lose his powerful position in Jerusalem.  He ducked in alleys and peaked around corners as he made his way closer and closer to where Jesus was that night.  It was upon arriving and seeing Jesus that deep down he knew he had made the right decision to visit him.

Jesus told Nicodemus not to marvel that you must be born again in order to see the kingdom of God.  Nicodemus was perplexed by Jesus’ statement.  The reason he did not totally understand it was because in Pharisaic Judaism there were six different ways of being born again.  In Nicodemus’ eyes he had qualified for four of them.  The other two ways were: 1. Gentiles converting to Judaism (said they were born again), 2. To be crowned a king (would be said you were born again).   Nicodemus did not qualify for either way.

However, the first four he did.  Those ways are: 1. When a Jewish boy becomes bar mitzvahed (this had of course already happened for Nicodemus), 2. When a Jew gets married (He was already married as well, you had to be in order to be apart of the Sanhedrin), 3.  Ordained as a rabbi (He already was a rabbi, because he was a Pharisee), 4.  To become head of a rabbinical school (Jesus said that Nicodemus was a teacher of Israel, the head of a rabbinical school was referred to in this way).  In his eyes he had done everything he could have done to be born again.  Jesus responds to his disbelief with you must be born of water and spirit.  To be born of water was a Jewish expression of physically being born.  This is why he asks Jesus about going into his mother’s womb again.  Being born physically into Judaism was sufficient at that time for entrance into the Kingdom.  Much like Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount,”  he was trying to correct Nicodemus’ theology here.  It wasn’t good enough to be born a Jew.  One has to believe in Jesus for eternal life (John 3:13-15).

More than any other book in the bible, the Gospel of John deals directly with the issue of what it takes to go to heaven.   John 1:12 says, “But as many as received Him to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”  Receiving Jesus is the same as believing in Him.  To go to heaven one must only believe in Jesus (John 6:47, Acts 16:30-31).  It is really that simple.

Western Wall in Jerusalem

Posted: August 11, 2012 in religion
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Western Wall in Jerusalem