Sometimes things happen best when it’s dark. At least, that was the case for Nicodemus. He was a religious leader during the timeframe that Jesus was on this earth healing people and encouraging them to know that their sins could be forgiven. Jesus’ ministry was so intriguing, so authentic and genuine that Nicodemus just had to meet him. This religious leader knew the landscape of church at that time in history all too well. The LAW triumphed over LOVE and it was better to wear a FACADE of spiritual well being rather than really be “well with God” in your heart. So, he comes at night. With doubts. With questions. He finds Jesus just being himself. He doesn’t have to fight through Jesus’ security guards, he is given a chance to speak with the Savior up close. Jesus always wants to be up close to our hearts. He asks the soon to be crucified King of Kings about the hearings, the signs. How? Why? What I love about Jesus is that he doesn’t answer every question maybe Nicodemus asks. Rather, he directs him to the more important truth - how is your soul? A truth is birthed that causes Nicodemus to really dig deep into the heart of why Jesus had come. It wasn’t just for the signs and wonders but to help us be renewed and reborn through the power of God’s love. Believing in something far greater than the religious law but the Son of God who came to earth as a gift to the human race so we could be forgiven and given our own personal relationship with God.
That’s just like Jesus. He doesn’t answer the question the way we want him too. I’m sure Nicodemus didn’t leave with a nicely packaged book that had the answers to all of life’s questions cover to cover. What he did give him was an eternal hope that God was willing to give everything he had to see that Nicodemus could find the fullness of forgiveness and unconditional love.
WORD: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV
DIG DEEPER: Read John 3:1-17. This is the full account of Nicodemus going out to visit Jesus. As you read, try to dig in-between the lines and imaging what the conversation was like between he and Jesus. If you were in Nicodemus’ shoes and had fifteen minutes with Jesus face to face, what questions would ask? In your journal, write them down.