It’s not very easy to stand up for a friend when other kids are mocking and picking on that person. At first, we would want to find time alone with the friend, afraid to stand up in public for him or her.
There was a man named Nicodemus who had fears very much like that. He was a Pharisee, a group of strict religious persons who didn’t like what Jesus was preaching—about a God of forgiveness that didn’t much care about all the many laws that the Pharisee imposed. But Nicodemus was different. He liked Jesus. Yet out of fear, he decided to find Jesus at night and talk with him while no one else was around.
Their conversation was deep…about being born again, really meaning, born “from above.” Here’s the clue. If you were at the crucifixion of Jesus, you would be looking up at him, seeing the blood of Jesus flowing down. The blood of Jesus means his saving love for us. His blood flowing down from above is what saves us and gives us a new life: we are born once again.
Verse 16 is often called a “Miniature Gospel.” If you memorize it, the words will work their way deep inside you and bring you peace and joy. “Believe” here means to stick to Jesus like glue!
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from the Lectionary,
During most of Lent and Easter we read the Gospel of John.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.