John 3:1–3, 9–17 – “A Midnight Dance” – Kerry Kaino
1. Why do you suppose Nicodemus came to Jesus “at night”? In what ways do you see John contrasting this “night” with the “light” that Jesus brings?
2. What does Nicodemus’ initial statement indicate about his reason for coming to Jesus? (verse 2) What does Jesus quickly focus on in His reply to Nicodemus? (verse 3)
3. How does Jesus’ reference to the “wind” add to our understanding of being “born of the Spirit”? (verse 8)
4. How do the various points of comparison between the account from Numbers 21:4-9, and Jesus’ words, “the Son of Man must be lifted up”, help us to better appreciate God’s purpose in Jesus? (Verses14-15)
5. Is the description of the human predicament described in verses 19-21 proved accurate by your own experience and knowledge of yourself and others?
6. What is revealed about the heart of God in verses 16 and 17?