Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents

 

John 3:3

THE MIRACLE JESUS COULDN'T EXPLAIN

Jan 18, 1970 am

THE MASTER TEACHER WITH A GRADUATE SCHOLAR COULD NOT EXPLAIN THE  MIRACLE OF NEW BIRTH

  • The subjective title of the chapter is "The Great Teacher" but did He succeed in his job?
  • The student seeking information was a PhD.- but he stumbled at the basic concept
  • If you miss this lesson, you will miss life itself; you will flunk the University of Life!

Yet many people find it impossible to pass the entrance exam of this school

THE MIDNIGHT CLASSROOM  John 3:1,2

Unable to sleep, a hunger for you-don't-know-what, chasing moonbeams on quest for Holy Grail

THIS WAS A SPECIAL PUPIL ON THIS MIDNIGHT QUEST FOR KNOWLEGE - IT WAS A RICH YOUNG RULER- v.1

  • He had wealth-rich, health-young, and authority-ruler.  But one thing he still lacked -
  • Solomon with all his wisdom sought satisfaction in these areas but found that they did not satisfy.
  • Nicodemus at least sought his information from the One Person Who could give him the answer

THE TEACHER IS THE ONE CALLED "THE MASTER TEACHER" -- HE IS GOD IN THE FLESH

  • He proved that He was a teacher come from God by His miracles - His attention-grabbers worked
  • The God Who created us knows what gives us this mysterious itch that we cannot scratch - need
  • Jesus knew the hearts of men- John 2:24,25- so He knew what drew Nicodemus out on this night

THE NEED THE PUPIL HAD COULD NOT BE SEEN, UNDERSTOOD, OR FIGURED OUT WITHOUT A TEACHER'S HELP

  • Today we have everything - yet despair, heartache - we have great knowledge, but still itch.
  • Jesus tells how water John 4:14 cannot quench thirst, nor bread 6:35 satisfy hunger of heart
  • Satan has exploited this sense of vacuum, communism, narcotics, odd religions, spiritism
  • Lest you think Nicodemus dumb, very few people today are humble enough for God to teach!

THE NEEDED LESSON - THE FACTS OF LIFE !!

  • The ultimate reality sought- education, drugs, superego, expanded mind - how to realize our total potential

THE BIG QUESTION- HOW CAN I FIND MYSELF?  OR GET TO KNOW MY FULL SELF?  OR BE FULLY DEVELOPED?

  • Some search Humanities, Literature, BA Degree; some Science - BS Degree; some pamper feelings - Emotions
  • But there is something of a flaw in our nature that takes us in circles- never being satisfied
  • We do not even have the wisdom to ask the right questions - nor of the right person!

JESUS INTERRUPTED NICODEMUS AND PROBED RIGHT INTO THE VERY HEART OF HIS GREAT NEED  v.3

  • Jesus declared the purpose of life is missed without a specific miracle - a new birth -
  • To see the Kingdom of God?  What is it?  Rom 14:17- righteousness, peace, joy - SEE IT NOW?
  • Something has crippled man- he cannot be right, find peace, nor have any lasting joy!

THERE IS NO HOPE WITHOUT THIS MYSTERIOUS MIRACLE CALLED "BORN AGAIN", BUT HOW CAN WE HAVE IT?

  • No great schemes, no perfect society, education course, drug, experience, feeling, - from man!
  • The illustration Jesus uses is the Physical Birth - a mystery, but real, personal, and it works
  • But the second birth is to be Spiritual - v.5,6- and just no human words can describe it!
  • But without this second birth, man cannot fulfil his destiny; he is crippled, half/man

YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN  John 3:3,5

  • Without this you are forever in the dark- damned now and forever; but this can be yours!

THE SPIRITUAL NATURE IS LIKE THE WIND - v.8 - AND IS JUST AS FREE AS THE WIND IF YOU CAN CATCH IT!

  • The wind is powerful, dangerous, necessary to life, but it is mysterious, unseen, unseeable!
  • We judge the wind by secondary senses - we see, feel, smell, hear, taste its results and believe
  • But to believe what our secondary senses tell us takes that mysterious force called FAITH!

THE SPERM SHED FOR THE NEW BIRTH IS THE WORD OF GOD RECEIVED, BELIEVED BY FAITH - John 3:14,15

  • The germ of life is found in the Word of God- I Pet 1:23-25, God spoke- Creation, - New Creation
  • God loved us and made this possible, Someone carries that love to us - Rom 10:17 Faith comes by hearing
  • But our hearts offer different soil- Matt 13:3 - how do you receive the ingrafted word?

THE NEW BIRTH IS BY THE PLAN AND WILL OF GOD, AND HIS LOVE MAKES IT ALL POSSIBLE - John 3:16-18

  • God loves us so much that He has done all that is needed to be done- We just accept His love
  • John 1:12,13 it is His will, not ours; our part is to receive it, believe it, let God work
  • That which is born of God is a new creature- 2 Cor 5:17. and remains so - I John 3:9
  • Until you have experienced this miracle no one can describe it to you!  Taste and see!

HAVE YOU BEEN BORN AGAIN?  CAN YOU SEE THE UNSPEAKABLE KINGDOM OF GOD?

  • God's only condition is that you accept His love by faith, believe Him, and in Christ
  • It is a good sign of life after your are born to give out a little cry - start breathing!
  • You are expected to grow - like a physical child- as you are fed - become spiritually healthy!
  • But you can start life out by having your eyes washed out through baptism- then get your birth certificate- part of a family and start to Sunday School.