Scripture Verse

Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? John 3:4


Words: Su­san H. Pe­ter­son, 1999 (pub­lic do­main).

Music: St. Chris­to­pher Fred­er­ick C. Mak­er, in the Bris­tol Tune Book, 1881 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Mak­er (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Susan H. Peterson (1950–2004)


A man named Nicodemus
To Je­sus came one night.
He said, We know You’ve come from God;
Your wonders show His might.

In answer, Je­sus did declare,
Give heed, these words are true:
You cannot see God’s kingdom come
Unless you’re born anew.

Then Nicodemus questioned,
Reborn, how can this be?
For surely none can to the womb
Return and new life see.

Jesus replied, Flesh brings forth flesh,
But like the blowing wind,
The Spir­it does give birth to spirit;
Thus man is born again.

As Moses in the desert
Did lift the snake up high,
The Son of Man must be raised up
That men might live, not die.
For God so loved this world of men,
He gave His Son for us,
That we might have eter­nal life,
If we in Him do trust.

God did not send His Son to
Condemn the world of sin.
Christ came instead to save all those
Who place their trust in Him.
All who believe escape God’s wrath;
They come into the light.
But all who practice evil deeds
Are guilty in God’s sight.

Without the Son, all perish;
The verdict is decreed.
All those who fail to trust Christ’s name
Condemned will ever be.
Lord, give me boldness to pro­claim
Your message to the lost,
That they might gain eter­nal life
By looking to the cross.