John 3:1-17: Secret Chocolate Lover:

Chocolate Seeds for Lent 2005Week 2, The Den, led by Marcus Curnow
Biblical Text: John 3:1-17 Growing up and the Process of Change
World Texts: “Chocolat” The Movie
Revised Common Lectionary: Year A, Second Sunday in Lent
Loosley based on Christ and the Choclaterie: A Lent Course, Hilary Brand, (Darton Longman Todd, London, 2002)_

Discuss the theme of change in the characters of Chocolat.
For many it meant stepping out from under some form of inappropriate control in their lives. Who did this and what was the process?
What actions demonstrated change?

Biblical Text: John 3:1-17
1There was a man named Nicodemus who was a Pharisee and a Jewish leader. 2One night he went to Jesus and said, “Sir, we know that God has sent you to teach us. You could not work these miracles, unless God were with you.”
3Jesus replied, “I tell you for certain that you must be born from above before you can see God’s kingdom!”
4Nicodemus asked, “How can a grown man ever be born a second time?”
5Jesus answered:
I tell you for certain that before you can get into God’s kingdom, you must be born not only by water, but by the Spirit. 6Humans give life to their children. Yet only God’s Spirit can change you into a child of God. 7Don’t be surprised when I say that you must be born from above. 8Only God’s Spirit gives new life. The Spirit is like the wind that blows wherever it wants to. You can hear the wind, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going.
9″How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
10Jesus replied:
How can you be a teacher of Israel and not know these things? 11I tell you for certain that we know what we are talking about because we have seen it ourselves. But none of you will accept what we say. 12If you don’t believe when I talk to you about things on earth, how can you possibly believe if I talk to you about things in heaven?
13No one has gone up to heaven except the Son of Man, who came down from there. 14And the Son of Man must be lifted up, just as that metal snake was lifted up by Moses in the desert. [1] 15Then everyone who has faith in the Son of Man will have eternal life. 16God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die. 17God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them!

Who is Nicodemus?
Why does he come at night?
What is the context of the passage?
How can one be born again?

What does it mean for Nicodemus to move from darkness to light?


UrbanSeed:church Lenten Reflections
Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation – the ‘wind hovering over the water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life – it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch – the Spirit – and becomes a living spirit.” John 3 (The Bible)
Write on a piece of paper any thing that you are ashamed of. Place this paper in a small tray and cover it with soil. Plant the seed in it, water it and over the weeks let it remind you that God forgives you and wants to re-form you from the inside.

See also our Seeds Bible Study  from John 3:1-20 about Nicodemus at the time of the Governor-General and child abuse scandal.

2 Replies to “John 3:1-17: Secret Chocolate Lover:”

  1. Mark,
    I received in the post your Reflections for Lent. Very good and thank you very much indeed.
    As ever

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