The Plan of Salvation is not difficult. Mercy of the Lord is the power of salvation. In his mercy God the Father sent Jesus the Son. The Son as per the prophesied plan came right on schedule.
He performed many miracles, healing the sick, delivering the demon possessed, giving the blind their sight, the deaf hearing and making the lame walk.
He tried to correct the religious leaders but they did not believe he was the messiah because they were looking for the mighty king to throw off Roman Rule and restore Israel to her former glory.
Peter also wanted him to transform into King Super David and beat up the Romans and make him a governor to which Jesus rebuked him calling him Satan because he had the things of the world on his heart not the kingdom came to establish.
Many things were prophesied about Jesus in the prophets of the Old Testament and the Psalms. Jesus told Nicodemus (one of the Jewish religious rulers who did believe) he, already being highly religious that he “Must Be Born Again.”
He seemed confused. Jesus told him Born of the flesh (his physical birth) and Born of the Spirit. Jesus said unless a man is born again her cannot see the kingdom of God.
John 3: 5-8:
“Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (NIV)
More importantly, Jesus also told Nicodemus in John 3: 10-14:
“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” (NIV)
Nicodemus, as a primary seminary professor of his day understood what Jesus was speaking about here. Nicodemus had seen many Jews crucified by the Romans. He also understood the Jewish meaning.
The story Jesus was paralleling in his prophecy to Nicodemus is found in Numbers 21: 4-
“They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”
6 Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. 7 The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
8 The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.” (NIV)
And this is the exact picture Jesus drew for Nicodemus and the whole world. Religious will argue otherwise trusting in their good behavior and works rather than in the blood of the lamb. John 3: 16-18:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (NIV)
Isaiah prophesied the result of this at Isaiah 53: 6:
“We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.” (NIV)
King David prophesied the crucifixion 500 years before the Romans invented death by crucifixion in Psalm 22:
“Many bulls surround me;
strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
13 Roaring lions that tear their prey
open their mouths wide against me.
14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
it has melted within me.
15 My mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
you lay me in the dust of death.”
16 Dogs surround me,
a pack of villains encircles me;
they pierce my hands and my feet.
17 All my bones are on display;
people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.”
So when Nicodemus witnessed the crucifixion he was looking at the fulfilled prophesy of God before his eyes about the Messiah also having heard it from the Son of God himself. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus prepared Jesus’ body for burial and laid him in Joseph’s tomb.
He was there for three days. The Jewish priests had asked him by what authority he cleared the temple and interrupted their priestly approved animal (Caiaphas’ Used Car Lot) and his brother-in-laws money exchange at usury booth and he said: In John 2: 19:
Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.(NIV)
Not a lot is said about Jesus’ resurrection in the Old Testament. Psalm 16: 9-11 is clear:
“Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (NIV)
Mary Magdalene went to the tomb on the third day, Sunday and found the stone had been rolled away. She ran and told the disciples. The disciples, went inside and saw the linen lying where the body had been. Then they left. Mary was there weeping. Here’s what happened from John 20:
“Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”
18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.” (NIV)
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (NIV)
All of these except John died holding to their testimony that Jesus, the Christ had risen from the dead. Jesus had told them this on the night he was arrested tried four times and then convicted and sentenced to death by crucifixion. In John 16:
“None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. 7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.” (NIV)
The Spirit he told Nicodemus he had to be born again of the Spirit by … The Advocate. The Spirit proves the world wrong about sin because people do not believe in Jesus (all of salvation is implicitly contained in BELIEVING IN JESUS, per Jesus) about righteousness because righteousness is named Jesus and he was going to the Father (See: Romans 10: 4) and about judgment because the prince of this world (Satan) now stand condemned.
At John 16: 12-14 Jesus revealed the geography of salvation:
“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” (NIV)
That is what walking in the Spirit means. Now they might claim as I have heard, this is him speaking to his apostles “an wunce they’d writ the Bibul das aw we got.”
John 17: 16 (Jesus praying the great priestly prayer as the seminaried call it):
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by[d] the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
Jesus Prays for All Believers
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. (NIV)
Revelation 3: 20:
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (NIV)
Open the door. Jesus is knocking. Its that simple.
John 5: 24:
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” (NIV)
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