Dr. Ronnie Wolfe
After Jesus explained the new birth to Nicodemus, he asked the only
question that a human being can ask: "How can these things be?"
Jesus' disciples were also astonished at the doctrine of the new birth, recorded in Mark 10:26-27 And
they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then
can be saved? 27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is
impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
the new birth is impossible with man, thus Nicodemus could not
understand it with his natural mind, which is enmity against God (Romans
Jesus now tells Nicodemus of heavenly things (John
3:12-13). He speaks of the descending and ascending of Jesus, who is the
only one who could and did both of these. Note Romans 10:6-7 But
the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in
thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ
down from above:) 7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to
bring up Christ again from the dead.) It is this descending and ascending that is the basic message of the Gospel.
then, puts the story in brief in verse 14 when he compares the lifting
up by Moses of the serpent in the wilderness to the crucifixion of Jesus
on the cross. If an Israelite, after being bitten by a serpent, lifted
up to view the brazen serpent on the pole, he would live; if not, he
So it is that, if any man will look at Jesus on the
cross and believe in His work of redemption, he will live; if not, he
will die eternally (verse 15).
God brought redemption through His
love for people, and those who come to him in repentance and faith will
never perish but have everlasting life (verse 16).