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This morning we will be looking at a passage from Ezekiel 36, but I want to begin with a different passage, one which is very familiar to youâ€”the account of Nicodemus in John 3.
Most of you know this account well, how Nicodemus, a Pharisee, a member of that legalistic sect that had so openly set themselves against Jesus, nonetheless took an interest in Jesus and wanted to meet with Him personally. So he came to Jesus under cover of night. It appears this was because he didn't want his fellow Pharisees to discover his sympathy for Jesus. John 19:39 mentions Nicodemus in connection with Jesus' burial, alongside Joseph of Arimathea, whom John 19:38 says "was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews." Nicodemus was apparently fearful of what his fellow Pharisees would think if they knew he had an interest in Jesus, so he came by night.
And he begins with a profession of faith, of sorts. Verse 2...