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The Man Who Came Out Of The Dark

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | August 22, 1976
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Scripture Reference: John 3:1—7, John 7:45—52, John 19:38—42

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Nicodemus is the man who stepped out of the darkness into the light of salvation. Nicodemus was like many people—spiritually in the dark. But he chose to search out the truth and found Jesus, the Light of the world.

We are all born sinners, and we all face the same decision that Nicodemus faced: do we choose to find the light, or do we stay in darkness?

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.

Nicodemus is the man who stepped out of the darkness into the light of salvation.

Why did Nicodemus come to Jesus at night? We don’t know.

Light is a symbol of God, righteousness, love, and truth.

Darkness is a symbol of Satan, sin, hatred, and lies.

When it came to spiritual things, Nicodemus was in the dark.

Many religious people are in the dark when it comes to spiritual things.

Nicodemus is an encouragement for us to step out into the light and take a stand for Jesus.

Three stages in Nicodemus’ spiritual experience with Jesus:

  • Midnight of confusion (John 3:1-7)
    • Nicodemus was a man, so he was a sinner.
    • Nicodemus was a Pharisee with good moral character and conservative theology.
    • Nicodemus was a Jew of noble birth, but Jesus told him he needed to be born again.
    • Nicodemus had a religion but not a reality.
    • No one can be saved by character; we must be born again.
    • Nicodemus was confused about the need and nature of the new birth.
  • Twilight of conviction (John 7:45-52)
    • Nicodemus was interested in learning more about Jesus, so he began to search the Scriptures.
  • Sunlight of confession (John 19:38-42)
    • Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea took the body of Jesus down from the cross and buried Him.
    • Nicodemus took a stand in the light in front of the teachers of Israel.
    • They defiled themselves from eating the Passover supper because they had found the true sacrificial lamb.

Men love darkness because their deeds are evil.

We face the same decision that Nicodemus faced: the light or darkness.

Will you take a stand for Jesus Christ who died for you?

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