2021_10_25 Insight Post- Kim Feld
This week's reading- John 3-4
The story of Nicodemus has always pulled at my heartstrings. In the story, we see a man of prestige who was intrigued by Jesus. But Nicodemus was also concerned about his position and standing. John chapter three begins this way:
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.”
John’s story of the exchange between Nicodemus and Jesus tells us a great deal about both men. Nicodemus was genuinely seeking. In verse two, he states his belief that God is behind the signs that Jesus is performing. And yet, he was fearful enough to visit Jesus at night when he was least likely to be seen. We benefit from knowing the whole story but think for a minute of the risk that Nicodemus took in visiting Jesus. I would imagine he had to contact someone close to Jesus to set up the time and place for meaning. But Nicodemus knew he had to talk with Jesus; he had to see for himself who Jesus was.
Jesus could have said no to this clandestine meeting. He could have demanded that Nicodemus speak to Him in the light of day at the temple. It was undoubtedly within Jesus’ positional power to make such a demand, but He didn’t. In Nicodemus, He saw a man who was struggling but seeking. Jesus met Nicodemus where he was, once again going after the one who was lost.
Nicodemus appears twice more in John’s biography of Jesus. If you are new to this story, I’m not going to spoil it for you. Within this real-life drama, we see one man wrestling with the cost of following Jesus. We also see our kind, gracious Savior reaching out in love to one struggling to believe. It’s a beautiful picture.
Within Jesus’ exchange with Nicodemus lies one of the most famous verses in the Bible, John 3:16:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
This statement was true for Nicodemus and remains valid for you and me today. God loved, and He gave, and He will be found by those who seek.
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