AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER: NICODEMUS

John 3:1-9

1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.  2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”  3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”  5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’  8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”  9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”


*I preached off the cuff this past Sunday, so here is a quick re-cap…

This past Sunday, we looked at the conversation between Nicodemus (a teacher of the law and a ruler among the Pharisees) and Jesus in John 3.  The conversation took place privately at night.  What is interesting is that Nicodemus comes to Jesus with an attitude of curiosity.  This is surprising, given that Nicodemus is someone to whom the community would have looked for all the answers.  His job was to lead and to know so that the people could live and be in the know-how.  As he affirms certain things about Jesus, he is blown away by a concept Jesus drops in his lap, the notion of being born from above or born again.  He even says, “How can these things be?”  Not the question you’d expect from a person with such knowledge and responsibility.  

But Nicodemus needed to know more, there was something missing, something that he needed to know and he came to Jesus for it.  If anyone else knew he was asking these questions, there may have been all sorts of issues.  But for Nicodemus, it was truly about getting the answers to his burning questions.  This is what leads a man who should know it all to a man who is the all-in-all.

The big takeaway is the importance of coming to Jesus; not for knowledge or simple understanding, but so that we may be born again, born from above, “born of His Spirit, washed in His blood,” as the old hymn declares.  Whether by day or but night, whether in the know or not, it is in coming to Jesus for life abundant that we receive the truest answer of all—a restored relationship with God and eternal life through Him.  This means that we must, as we’ve said the last 3 weeks, “Come to the feet of the Master,” where revelation, truth, and life are found.  We hear and learn the deep things at His feet but then we are to apply them and let them change us as He commits to walking with us through this life and the next.

The question is, “Will you come to Jesus?”  Will you let your role, your place, your pride, your fear stop you from coming to the Source?  Jesus has come to change and transform, something far beyond just giving answers to questions.  I say, sit at the feet of the One who knows and loves.  Amen.

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