It’s not always what it seems.
Sometimes it’s the question. Sometimes it’s the answer. But they both can catch us off guard. But I am grateful that it never catches God by surprise.
This weekend with our elementary student we talked all about Nicodemus’ Question. Let’s take a look at it.
3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.[a]”
4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d]
9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. -John 3:1-11
My storyteller brought this to my attention and I couldn’t let it go. Based on Nicodemus’ first statement, it doesn’t seem like this was the conversation he intended to have with Jesus. My storyteller went on to say that I wonder how many times we come to Jesus with a conversation and He answers us in a way with something that really need.
More and more everyday I am reminded to fix my eyes on Jesus. He holds all the answers I could ever need. He tells me what I need to hear, not what I want to hear, or think I should hear.
In the end, this conversation lead to one of the most quoted verses in scripture.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that who ever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
And that’s what it’s all about friends. Thankful that in the middle of this realization I am also doing my job. And praying that all the kids have this realization too.