Monday, Apr. 10
In John 3:1-9 Nicodemus came to Jesus at night, obviously with the intent of keeping it secret. He was a Pharisee and a member of the ruling Jewish council. His opening statement is very revealing. “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher that has come from God . . .” As God, Jesus would know the man’s heart anyway, but the statement tells us a lot about Nicodemus. His confession would not be the norm among the Pharisees or the Sanhedrin. Otherwise, he would not have come to Jesus covertly. His recognition that Jesus came from God identifies him as an honest seeker of truth. And he was not alone. The “we” indicates that there were others like him, a fact that is verified later in John. Nicodemus could well have been representing others who wanted to know more about Jesus but were intimidated by the majority. This opening statement set the tone for the rest of the conversation. As usual, Jesus uses an enigmatic analogy, one that led to the heart of the issue. In this case, it was being born again, an apt illustration of what takes place when a person receives Christ and becomes part of the family of God. Not only does it focus on life, real life, and eternal life, it verifies the doctrine of eternal security. You can’t reverse being born. That’s a piece of good news. I’m forever a child of God.