Jesus and Nicodemus
1There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a Jewish leader. 2He came to Jesus at night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one could do these miraculous signs that you do unless God is with him."
3Jesus answered, "I assure you, unless someone is born anew,#Or from above it’s not possible to see God’s kingdom."
4Nicodemus asked, "How is it possible for an adult to be born? It’s impossible to enter the mother’s womb for a second time and be born, isn’t it?"
5Jesus answered, "I assure you, unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. 6Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Don’t be surprised that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’ 8God’s Spirit#Or wind blows wherever it wishes. You hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. It’s the same with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
9Nicodemus said, "How are these things possible?"
10“Jesus answered, “You are a teacher of Israel and you don’t know these things? 11I assure you that we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but you don’t receive our testimony. 12If I have told you about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Human One.#Or Son of Man 14Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so must the Human One#Or Son of Man be lifted up 15so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. 16God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life. 17God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him. 18Whoever believes in him isn’t judged; whoever doesn’t believe in him is already judged, because they don’t believe in the name of God’s only Son.
19"This is the basis for judgment: The light came into the world, and people loved darkness more than the light, for their actions are evil. 20All who do wicked things hate the light and don’t come to the light for fear that their actions will be exposed to the light. 21Whoever does the truth comes to the light so that it can be seen that their actions were done in God."
John’s final witness
22After this Jesus and his disciples went into Judea, where he spent some time with them and was baptizing. 23John was baptizing at Aenon near Salem because there was a lot of water there, and people were coming to him and being baptized. (24John hadn’t yet been thrown into prison.)
25A debate started between John’s disciples and a certain Jew about cleansing rituals. 26They came to John and said, "Rabbi, look! The man who was with you across the Jordan, the one about whom you testified, is baptizing and everyone is flocking to him."
27John replied, "No one can receive anything unless it is given from heaven. 28You yourselves can testify that I said that I’m not the Christ but that I’m the one sent before him. 29The groom is the one who is getting married. The friend of the groom stands close by and, when he hears him, is overjoyed at the groom’s voice. Therefore, my joy is now complete. 30He must increase and I must decrease. 31The one who comes from above is above all things. The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all things. 32He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33Whoever accepts his testimony confirms that God is true. 34The one whom God sent speaks God’s words because God gives the Spirit generously. 35The Father loves the Son and gives everything into his hands. 36Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. Whoever doesn’t believe in the Son won’t see life, but the angry judgment of God remains on them."