Hope comes in answering difficult questions!
Nicodemus Visits Jesus
John 3:1-21 tells of a Jewish Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin come in the middle of the night to visit with Jesus. This may seem as if he were trying to avoid being seen going to Jesus, unless you see Jesus as a Rabbi. It was customary for the Pharisee’s to be in study at night so that they would not be distracted by family or life events. Also, when a Pharisee had a question that needed to be answered they would go to seek out another Rabbi. So, Nicodemus went to Jesus to ask what he meant by being born again. He asked, “How can anyone be born after having grown old?” This is only a question asked by an old person. I doubt that many Millennial’s ponder this question.
Some years ago I had a client state that he was not a follower of Jesus and believed that people live, people die and become worm food. He talked about how all his life he sought out answers to academic questions and needed proof that Jesus existed. He acknowledged that there was a man named Jesus and that he was a Rabbi and a good man and teacher, but he stopped short in proclaiming that he was the Son of God.
As our sessions proceeded over the many months he opened up about his physical health and that he was in the last stage of cancer. He was going to die. He was Nicodemus. We are Nicodemus. There comes a time when we face the end of life. When we do not know what happens next. I believe that the reason that Nicodemus had difficulty in answering the question of how can anyone be born again was because he was seeking the answer in his head. Being born again is answering life’s questions from our hearts. The longest journey in our life is not to some far off distant country but from our head to our heart. In Jeremiah 31:33, “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
We know in our mind that there is something far greater than you or me. When we can feel it in our hearts and know that God sent His son Jesus to redeem us we will understand Nicodemus.
Hope comes in answering life questions from our heart.