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The Gospel of John-Day 11

April 1, 2019 by Matthew Sink 0 comments

John 3:1-3Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 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.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
 
The old proverb states, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one, single step.” What it doesn’t tell you is that that journey rarely goes in a straight line. When you look back, later, on your progress, the line goes sideways and doubles and even makes circles at certain points. So it is, for most of us, in our journey to get closer to God – it is a journey filled with great progress and maddeningly slow seasons of delay. There are moments of revelation and moments of recommitment as well as moments of failure and doubt and uncertainty. Sometimes, those moments stretch into entire seasons.
 
Consider the example of one, Nicodemus. Here is a strong man – a “ruler of the Jews.” Nicodemus wasn’t just a Pharisee; he was a member of the powerful Sanhedrin, the 70-person ruling body. He had power and money and influence, and he also had great curiosity about Jesus. After all, Nicodemus loved the Lord, and Jesus seemed to be ordained by God. But the things He said were so difficult to understand.
 
Thus, Nicodemus came for a visit… at night… under the cover of darkness… alone. He is making no great commitment to Jesus. He isn’t ready to offer his heart or his life. He IS ready to ask questions and get closer for a better look.
 
When was the last time you took at closer look at Jesus, beyond the Bible stories you memorized as a kid? When was the last time you crept close and sat at His feet and took it all in? Jesus is the foundation of our faith and the reason for our hope. The more time you spend with Him, the more you will understand why.
 
That’s why today, I pray that you will have strength to comprehend the extravagant dimensions of His love—the breadth and length and height and depth—so that you can experience the fullness of life in Him (Ephesians 3:14-19).

 

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