Thursday, April 18 / May 1, 2008: Bright Thursday: Acts 2:38-43, John 3:1-15
- passage: Acts 2:38-2:43
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you
in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and
to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the
LORD our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify
and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same
day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they
continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and
in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul:
and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
passage: John 3:1-3:15
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
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. 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. 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? 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. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is
born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must
be born again. 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. Nicodemus answered and said
unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art
thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily,
I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen;
and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and
ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven,
even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the
serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
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