Friday, May 25, 2012

The original Nick at Night (John 3:1-4)

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 and said to him, "Most assuredly, 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?" John 3:1-4

I have heard sermons on this text where the preacher/pastor downright slams Nicodemus for "coming at night".  As if it was somehow a less meaningful thing to do at night.  Maybe he had to fulfill family obligations?  Maybe he did not want to tip off the other authorities as to the whereabouts of Jesus... seeing as how they want to kill Him. Maybe we will never know what the circumstances were that lead him to the feet of Jesus that night, but we do know this:  HE CAME TO THE FEET OF JESUS.

Jesus wastes no time getting to the point.  Nick comes to Him and the flattery begins.  Jesus isn't hearing any of it.  

NICK: "Teacher, you are amazing and we know that you come from God because..."

JESUS: "You can't enter Heaven without being born again."


At any rate, let's make this apply to today.  Have you come to Jesus' feet today to learn from Him?  I've said it before... hint, hint, you'll hear it again I bet.... the lost need a Savior and the saved need a Lord.  Fortunately, Jesus supplies both needs.

Yes... even if you come at night.


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