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Jesus Words 3 – Opening Passover

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Jesus entered Jerusalem’s temple during Passover in 29 A.D.. He chased the vendors out with a whip (built from cords he had picked up). He was knocking over tables, and scattering animals and money …with passion. He said, “Take these things out of here! Don’t make my Father’s house your storefront!” Being scolded with, “Who gave you permission to do this?”, he retorted, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

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Later on that night, Nicodemus (one of the religious leaders) came to ask Jesus about his credentials. Jesus answered, “I tell you Truth’s truth; one cannot see God’s Kingdom without being born again (from above)”.

Nicodemus asked how old people are supposed to be born twice, and started saying something about his mom’s birthing process. Jesus clarified Nicodemus’ search for a good question, “I tell you Truth’s truth; without being born of water and spirit, no one can enter God’s Kingdom. That which is born of The Flesh is flesh. That which is born of The Spirit is spirit. Don’t marvel because I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound (but don’t know where it comes from, or where it’s going). So is everyone who is born of The Spirit.” Nicodemus asked how this is possible, so Jesus asked, “Are you Israel’s teacher, and don’t understand these things?

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I tell you Truth’s truth; we speak about what we know, and testify about what we have seen (and you don’t believe us). If I have told you earthly things (and you don’t believe), how will you believe if I tell you eternal things? No one has gone up into heaven, except the one who came down out of eternity – the Son of Man (who is in eternity). Like Moses lifted-up the snake in the wilderness; in the same way the Son of Man must be lifted-up… that whoever believes in him does not have to die, but has eternal life.

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Jesus taken off the cross.

For God loved the world so much, that he gave his only Son, so that anyone who believes in him doesn’t have to die… but has eternal life. For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not judged. He who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

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This is the judgment; the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light (because their actions were evil). Everyone who does evil hates the light, and doesn’t come to the light (or else what they do would be exposed). But; whoever does the truth comes to the light, so that his actions may be revealed to have been done in God.”

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Paraphrase Notes:

  • Jesus” is Greek for “Joshua”. His name (and it’s meaning) is a central theme across all Jesus’ teaching, but in order for the story to flow with understanding… Jesus was used rather than Joshua (even though Jesus is the Greek translation of Joshua). Clarity, rather than correctness, is the goal.
  • God’s “kingdom” is God’s “perspective“. My people live with the concept of Kingdom meaning only a type of government or power expressed by the one in charge. The ruling Kingdom in this day consisted of one person’s perspective (and everyone under the king’s rule lived by his perspective, or could be killed). It was the King’s land that everyone was using, and all his citizen’s were his servants to command. That type of all encompassing authority over everyone’s experience is best culturally termed as a combination of “Power”, “Authority”, “Government”, “Standard” and/or “Perspective”. All that said, Kingdom is understood, and is the most accurate description of the realm of God’s Authority we all live within.
  • the changers of money” is replaced with vendors, because I know what those look like, and picture changers of money as the cages at a casino
  • place of businessculturally rephrased as “storefront
  • zeal” is a beautiful word, and undervalued in our culture. So undervalued, that it doesn’t carry clarity required to appreciate the value of zeal. However, the deepest emotion our culture appreciates is “passion” – so that is closest for this purpose.
  • Most Certainly is the phrase used in this translation, but other versions use, “Verily, verily”, “Very Truly”, “Most assuredly”, etc.. The use of a repeated word used here would probably best be translated as “Amen, amen”, but since this word marks our modern Pharisaical trumpet (at the end of our prayers), it also is not an culturally understandable term. Amen is a confirmation of truth, and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. This Spirit was in Joshua after his baptism, and was planted here (through Joshua’s death), and now lives inside each of his followers. “Truth’s truth” is the cultural paraphrase used in this story. Feel free to look up Strongs #g281 (link to Blue Letter Bible)
  • that is replaced with “because“, because the end of this sentence isn’t, “that it was most grammatically correct”, but rather “because it should be clearly understandable”.
  • one cannot culturally paraphrased to “no one can“.
  • heaven” is what we call the biological sky, but it also refers to the construct of “eternity“; but both are used to identify a place we have no other name for, as well as a dimention outside of time.
  • of that which is culturally paraphrased to “about what“. Strongs #g3739 (link to Blue Letter Bible)
  • receive our witness culturally paraphrased as “believe us“. Not only would no one talk that way today (outside of a courtroom), but even though it reduces the number of words – it will be universally used in this story when these three words are in this order. The root words of this phrase are: Strongs #g2983 meaning “receive”, “take”, “have”, or “catch”, Strongs #g1473 references “ego” meaning “me”, or “myself”, and Strongs #3141 meaning “witness”, “testimony”, “record”, or “report”. These three words are used in our culture as “believe us”.
  • As is replaced with “like“, because like is our common term to compare (without sounding pretentious).
  • even soculturally paraphrased as “in the same way“. In this setting the sentence is also arranged… less Yoda.
  • their works is culturally paraphrased with “what they do“. I hear my culture talk about our work… but never “their works” (outside of religion). This is something that we can’t define (with complete certainty), but “what we do” is clearly visible to all (in ourselves and others).
  • “the teacher of Israel” culturally paraphrased using English’s grammatical process as “Israel’s teacher“.
  • “that” is replaced with a semi-colon (“;”). It seems that getting rid of that “that” is the purpose of something like a semi-colon. It’s even spelled like an afterthought. It seems; semi-colons add clarity (too much? maybe).
  • should notis culturally paraphrased as “does not have to“… and the following “have” becomes “has” (in both usages) View a few versions side by side, and check out the three words to make this phrase: Strongs #g622, then Strongs #g3363, and finally Strongs #g622 (yes the first and last word of this phrase are the same).
  • that they” was replaced with “to”. It makes sense and doesn’t complete confuse the point of what is being translated.


  • In the second sentence of the fourth paragraph, I added a have… because he just finished telling Nicodemus “earthly things”. It seems to me to be a language thing, but I’m happy to get any insight on whether this is inaccurate in some way I don’t understand.


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