In the Darkness
John 3:1-6 and 14-21
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him." Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit...
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 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. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
From John 3, we read the disciple's account of a conversation between Jesus and a man who came in the darkness. Please sit down with your Bible and read the whole chapter as there is much meaning in each verse. Nicodemus, a prominent member of the Sanhedrin, a Pharisee, came at night to talk privately with Jesus. Some surmise that he came at night because he did not want to be seen. John does not elaborate. He came and he listened as Jesus answered his questions! Jesus explained to this man in the darkness that God loved him and sent His own Son so he could have eternal life. It was personal, just as it is for us!
This passage, first read to me as a child, keeps popping up in my head. We live in a dark and confusing time at present. Yet, just as Jesus told Nicodemus how he could be born again and what God, through His perfect love, gave him, Jesus shares with each of us the offer of salvation. We have John 3:16 and the promise of eternal life, if we believe and accept what Jesus explained in the darkness.
We who do believe and follow Jesus must grow beyond the first steps as new Christians, and as disciples, be Christ's light in the darkness. We are commissioned by Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19-20 to make disciples of all nations, to bring the light of Jesus to the world! In this world of chaos right now, we are commanded to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. Is this not the answer to fear, to hate, to injustice, to darkness? Dare we not put aside all our worldliness and make Matthew 28:19-20 our mission? We are called to action by our Heavenly Father. In the darkness of this present world, we can reflect the glory of God and share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The most important event in history was the appearance of Jesus Christ on earth. May God make us bold this spring and summer, bold in proclaiming our Savior to the World!