May 21, 2016

John 3:9-15

Nicodemus had a great resume.

· He was a Jew and, thus, one of God’s chosen people.
· He was a Pharisee and probably wore one of those flashy robes Pharisees always wear when they show up in the movies.
· Nicodemus was a member of the Jewish ruling council and probably got a free lunch every time they met.
· He was a respected teacher of Israel.

Nicodemus was impressed with Jesus. In John 3:2, he says, “. . . 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.” On the other hand, Nicodemus was proud of his own situation and thought he had all the blocks checked when it came to spiritual matters.

For Nicodemus then and for us now, it doesn’t matter who we are, what we have, how long we’ve been church members, or how many church activities we’re involved in. What matters is our spiritual rebirth and our relationship with Jesus. Nicodemus was wrapped up in the traditions, activities and details of being a Jewish leader and had trouble grasping what Jesus was explaining to him.

Do you suppose God gave us the story of Nicodemus because he knew that becoming confused over form and function would be a timeless issue? Are you clear on what is really important?