How Can These Things Be?

Genesis 12:1-4a; John 3:1-17

NARRATOR

Over the next four Sundays, we’re going to be hearing stories from the Gospel of John. Some of these are very long stories. Some of the stories have several characters in them. So, I thought it might be fun to present these stories as works of drama.

NARRATOR holds up the sun.

NARRATOR

Today’s story is the shortest of these stories. It only has two characters. Jesus.

JESUS gets up and comes to one of the microphones.

NARRATOR

And Nicodemus.

NICODEMUS stands up, but he remains at his pew.

NARRATOR

The story begins: Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews.

NICODEMUS stays at his pew.

NARRATOR

Nicodemus! Why are you in your pew?

NICODEMUS points at the sun.

NARRATOR

Oh, right.

The sun goes down and the moon comes up. NICODEMUS approaches the chancel. He looks to his left and his right before coming to the microphone.

NARRATOR

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him,

NICODEMUS

Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.

JESUS

Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.

NICODEMUS

How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother's womb and be born?

JESUS

Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So, it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.

NICODEMUS

How can these things be?

JESUS

Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved th