Sermon preached on Trinity Sunday at Our Saviour Lutheran Church
3 June 2012
Text: John 3:1–15 (Isaiah 6:1–7; Romans 11:33–36)
The audio recording of the sermon can be found here.
Today’s Gospel text from John 3 gives us a rather disjointed conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus. As is so often the case in John’s Gospel, the reason the conversation is disjointed is that Jesus doesn’t seem to be answering the other person at all, but rather using their words as an opportunity to launch into a conversation of His own. In this case, Jesus completely ignores Nicodemus’ rather polite and deferential conversation opener—“Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him”—and launches straight into a speech on the need for new birth.