1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
In other words, a man must be born of the water of his mother’s womb and be born by God’s Holy Spirit.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
God’s Holy Spirit works like the wind. You cannot see God’s Spirit, but you can certainly see the amazing effects of God working in a person’s life.
9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
Nicodemus was a Pharisee, and the Pharisee’s hated Jesus. (“Thou” is singular form, and “ye” is plural form)
12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
Jesus’s (the Son of man) life did not begin in his mother’s womb. He came down from heaven into his mother’s womb.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
In Numbers chapter 21 the Israelites (the Jews) complained against God, and God sent fiery snakes to attack and kill the Israelites. God told Moses to make a snake from brass and to put it on a pole in the middle of their camp. Every Israelite who looked at that brass snake was cured from their snake bites.
The snake pictures sin. Brass pictures man. Jesus, God’s Son came to earth in the as a man and was crucified in order to suffer the punishment for the sins of the world. Jesus became the world’s sin when he died on the cross.
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Anyone, whoever you are, can believe in this message that Jesus suffered for your sins. By simply believing this you will not be destroyed in hell, but you will live forever and ever. Amen.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God does not just love you, He SO LOVES you. Again by believing in His Son, you have eternal life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Everyone thinks that God wants to hurt them and punish them. No, God did not send Jesus to condemn you. He sent Jesus to save you!
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Trust in Jesus payment for your sins. Trust what the Bible says about Jesus, and you will not be condemned to hell.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
The Bible teaches that we are not saved by “works of righteousness” in Titus 3:5 and Romans 4. What Jesus is telling Nicodemus here is that people do not come to Jesus, who is the light (John 1), because they love their sin more than God. You see, Jesus reproves our deeds and teaches us to do good things like loving God, our family, and our neighbors.