Oct 7 - Jesus Teaches Nicodemus
As Jesus was traveling, a Pharisee named Nicodemus came to Him and said he knew that Jesus was from God because of the miracles He performed, but Nicodemus didn’t understand about being born again.
John 3:5-10 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.“
You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.
Nicodemus wanted to be right with God, but mistakenly believed he would accomplish that by having all his beliefs right. He believed in God, the Scriptures, angels, immortality of the soul and a coming day of judgement. He even believed that Jesus was sent by God, but he was missing the most important part: understanding the love of Jesus and having a relationship with Him.
Many of us have a tendency to fall into the habit of trying to cross items off a spiritual checklist. “Go to church – check. Read my bible – check. Told someone I would pray for them – check.” We are trying to create a religious experience for ourselves rather than pursuing intimacy with our Creator. Jesus wants us to give ourselves to Him completely, not to tip-toe along the outskirts of a relationship with Him by trying to say and do the “right” things. Allow Christ to dwell inside you and you will find yourself living out the life He intended for you. Love the Lord and the teachings He has given us and you will find your life conforming to a new kind of list:
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.