From the Wind of the Spirit
Help me come to You today, as Nicodemus did: seeking to know You more and the truth You have for me.
Read John 3:1-21
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The faith that Jesus speaks about is the gift that is realized in one’s life only by the power of the Holy Spirit.
John’s Gospel, unlike Matthew, Mark and Luke, reflects a deep, personal, abiding relationship with the One whom the gospels are about. John writes the way one might speak at a Memorial Service, with themes (such a light and truth) and anecdotal, eyewitness stories (such as those in chapters 3,4,5, and 9). This chapter contains one of the most well known and beloved Scripture verses as well (16)!
Nicodemus is a leader (his name means “conqueror”) and a Pharisee. He was considered holy, and was most likely wealthy and successful. He would be older, being an “expert” in the law. Because of his age, it is conceivable that he was at the Temple when the baby Jesus was prophesied over by Simeon and Anna. He could also have been at the Temple when as a boy of twelve, Jesus was teaching there. And he may have been there when Jesus cleared the Temple (2:13-22). There was something about this poor, itinerant Rabbi that intrigued Nicodemus. He should have been “put off” or offended when this young upstart cleared the Temple. Rather, he was drawn to Jesus and willing to risk much by coming to Him, albeit by coming under cover of darkness (2).
Maybe he was tired of the hypocrisy of the religious leaders or desired an “alive” faith that he failed to see around him. Jesus went to the heart of what Nicodemus was missing: “You must be born again.” The faith Nicodemus sought is not found in the right pedigree, education, or by following a “moral” or “religious” code. It comes by the movement of “the wind,” the Holy Spirit (7,8), who brings new birth that’s spiritual, not physical. Like Nicodemus, we, too, must come, by night or by day, and receive that same new birth!
“God so loved the world…” (3:16), and he loves you! How can you take that love, that “born again” experience, and take the Gospel to a world that desperately needs him?
Lord Jesus, may I be so moved and changed by Your Holy Spirit that I know that I have been born from above.