Sermon: Friday 19th June

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Preached on 16th June 2020
(11th in Ordinance Time)
by Dr Alistair MacDonald

John 3:1-15

Jesus and Nicodemus

1There was a Jewish leader named Nicodemus, who belonged to the party of the Pharisees. 2One night he went to Jesus and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher sent by God. No one could perform the miracles you are doing unless God were with him.”

3Jesus answered, “I am telling you the truth: no one can see the Kingdom of God without being born again.”

4“How can a grown man be born again?” Nicodemus asked. “He certainly cannot enter his mother's womb and be born a second time!”

5“I am telling you the truth,” replied Jesus. “No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6A person is born physically of human parents, but is born spiritually of the Spirit. 7Do not be surprised because I tell you that you must all be born again. 8The wind blows wherever it wishes; you hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it is going. It is like that with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

9“How can this be?” asked Nicodemus.

10Jesus answered, “You are a great teacher in Israel, and you don't know this? 11I am telling you the truth: we speak of what we know and report what we have seen, yet none of you is willing to accept our message. 12You do not believe me when I tell you about the things of this world; how will you ever believe me, then, when I tell you about the things of heaven? 13And no one has ever gone up to heaven except the Son of Man, who came down from heaven.”

14As Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the desert, in the same way the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.

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Singing the Faith 361

   1      Man of Sorrows!  What a name
        for the Son of God, who came
        ruined sinners to reclaim!
        Alleluia!  What a Saviour!

   2      Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
        in my place condemned he stood;
        sealed my pardon with his blood:
        Alleluia!  What a Saviour!

   3      Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
        spotless Lamb of God was he:
        full atonement, can it be?
        Alleluia!  What a Saviour!

   4      Lifted up was he to die;
        ‘It is finished!' was his cry;
        now in heaven exalted high:
        Alleluia!  What a Saviour!

   5      When he comes, our glorious King,
        all his ransomed home to bring,
        then anew this song we'll sing:
        Alleluia!  What a Saviour!

Philipp Paul Bliss (1838–1876)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 361 .

Psalm 56

A Prayer of Trust in God

1Be merciful to me, O God,

because I am under attack;

my enemies persecute me all the time.

2All day long my opponents attack me.

There are so many who fight against me.

3When I am afraid, O LORD Almighty,

I put my trust in you.

4I trust in God and am not afraid;

I praise him for what he has promised.

What can a mere human being do to me?

5My enemies make trouble for me all day long;

they are always planning how to hurt me!

6They gather in hiding places

and watch everything I do,

hoping to kill me.

7Punish them, O God, for their evil;

defeat those people in your anger!

8You know how troubled I am;

you have kept a record of my tears.

Aren't they listed in your book?

9The day I call to you,

my enemies will be turned back.

I know this: God is on my side —

10the LORD, whose promises I praise.

11In him I trust, and I will not be afraid.

What can a mere human being do to me?

12O God, I will offer you what I have promised;

I will give you my offering of thanksgiving,

13because you have rescued me from death

and kept me from defeat.

And so I walk in the presence of God,

in the light that shines on the living.

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