He Must Be Lifted Up – John 3:9-21
Jesus had confronted the religious leader Nicodemus with his need to be born again. Nicodemus was puzzled, so Jesus explained that He was talking about spiritual birth and that unless Nicodemus experience it, he would never enter the kingdom of God. Then Jesus explained, how salvation works, how one comes into the kingdom of God: only by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone.
9 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?”
10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 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. 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 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.
18 Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the Light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the Light and does not come to the Light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the Light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God. (John 3:9-21)