Nicodemus is one of my heroes from the Bible. He came to Jesus in the “dark” but left with the truth of how to be in God’s “light”. Jesus told him that you must be born again to enter in to the Kingdom. Change can happen! In John chapter three we can learn about this man Nicodemus. We can apply some of his qualities to our relationship with God. Here are three of them:
1. He was a religious man- A member of the Jewish ruling council, but he was not going to allow “religion” or “how we’ve always done it” stop him from discovering the truth.
2. He was a man able to recognized God’s power - Knew that Jesus’ miracles were from God. He was in the dark but not blind. We can all start our spiritual journey towards the truth by acknowledging the things of God.
3. He was a Questioning Man - He asked how he could be born again… Another question by Nicodemus, John 7:45-53 (MSG) "That’s when the Temple police reported back to the high priests and Pharisees, who demanded, “Why didn’t you bring him with you?” The police answered, “Have you heard the way he talks? We’ve never heard anyone speak like this man.” The Pharisees said, “Are you carried away like the rest of the rabble? You don’t see any of the leaders believing in him, do you? Or any from the Pharisees? It’s only this crowd, ignorant of God’s Law, that is taken in by him—and damned.” Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus earlier and was both a ruler and a Pharisee, spoke up. “Does our Law decide about a man’s guilt without first listening to him and finding out what he is doing?” But they cut him off. “Are you also campaigning for the Galilean? Examine the evidence. See if any prophet ever comes from Galilee.” Then they all went home."
Nicodemus questioned the “old ways” – his eyes were beginning to open to the truth!
Today may we be led, follow, and open ourselves up to God’s truth. Amen?