Friday, November 2
Today's reading: John 3:1-21
Shortly after the start of Jesus's public ministry, Nicodemus, a powerful and high ranking Jewish leader, seeks out Jesus at night to ask him questions and to learn more about him. Despite the lateness of the hour, Jesus welcomes this atypical guest, and a dialogue begins. Nicodemus begins the conversation by complimenting Jesus, stating that he recognizes that Jesus is a teacher sent from God and how the miracles he has been performing are of God.
While Jesus receives the compliments, he isn't interested in them. So instead of joining in the discussion Nicodemus started, Jesus immediately and abruptly changes the direction of the conversation. He cuts right to the heart of the matter--the eternally lost condition of Nicodemus' soul. At first, Nicodemus doesn't understand Jesus's words about the need to be "born again," but Jesus explains that he isn't talking in physical terms but rather his (and our) need for spiritual rebirth. As the discussion continues, Jesus lays out the Gospel message, the Good News--that every person is in need of hearing.
"'For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him'" (John 3:16-17).
We all have a "Nicodemus" (maybe several) in our lives. Who is it that you know who needs to hear the good news of God's love for them and understand what Jesus did on their behalf? You could change someone's life for eternity, so don't delay. Will you take action and tell someone about Jesus this week? Tami
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