Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lent 2014: Nicodemus

John 3:1-21
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The Pharisees claimed to uphold the Mosaic Law and the teachings of the prophets. They claimed to be eagerly awaiting the coming of the Messiah. They claimed to desire the truth. Yet when one of their members wanted to meet the Messiah in person, he had to do so stealthily at night. He told Jesus that "we know that you...come from God". They knew He came from God yet they chose to pretend He did not, they chose to crucify Him, and they chose to condemn everyone who acknowledged Him as the Messiah. Nicodemus sought out the truth and it convinced him to follow Jesus, even though he had to do so secretly, at least at the beginning (Jn 7:50).
We can choose to fear the truth or we can seek it out. When we discover the truth we can choose to reject it, ignoring it like the Pharisees or like the proverbial ostrich, or we can embrace it like Nicodemus chose to. Yes, the truth will require a price from us. Jesus told Nicodemus that he would have to be reborn, that he could not remain in his life exactly as it was before. Truth may even require us to endure persecution or martyrdom. Most people will choose to avoid the truth rather than endure the trouble it causes. What will you choose?

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