John 3:9-20 The Passion Translation (TPT)
9 Then Nicodemus replied, “But I don’t understand, what do you mean? How does this happen?”
10 Jesus answered, “Nicodemus, aren’t you the respected teacher in Israel, and yet you don’t understand this revelation? 11 I speak eternal truths about things I know, things I’ve seen and experienced—and still you don’t accept what I reveal. 12 If you’re unable to understand and believe what I’ve told you about the natural realm, what will you do when I begin to unveil the heavenly realm? 13 No one has risen into the heavenly realm except the Son of Man who also exists in heaven.”[a]
God’s Love for Everyone
14 “And just as Moses in the desert lifted up the brass replica of a snake on a pole for all the people to see and be healed,[b] so the Son of Man is ready to be lifted up, 15 so that those who truly believe in him[c] will not perish but be given eternal life. 16 For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift.[d] So now everyone who believes in him[e] will never perish but experience everlasting life.
17 “God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it![f] 18 So now there is no longer any condemnation for those who believe in him, but the unbeliever already lives under condemnation because they do not believe in the name of God’s beloved Son.[g] 19 And here is the basis for their judgment: The Light of God has now come into the world, but the hearts of people love their darkness more than the Light, because they want the darkness to conceal their evil. 20 So the wicked[h] hate the Light and try to hide from it, for their lives are fully exposed in the Light.