There was a man from the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Him at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher, for no one could perform these signs You do unless God were with Him.” John 3:1-2 HCSB
Our church just finished an Adventure Weekend with evangelist Jay Lowder. We hosted a student event, a women’s event, a men’s event, and a community-wide expo. Church members were encouraged to invite friends, family, work associates, and neighbors to these events so they could hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. A great number made decisions to live for Christ, many of whom accepted Him as their personal Lord and Savior.
Nicodemus was a Pharisee. He was a part of a very influential and legalistic sect that majored on keeping all of the laws of Moses. They had defined in detail what a person must do to keep the commandments. Jesus challenged the Pharisees because they were hypocrites. They taught people how to follow the commandments but did not personally do what they taught others to do. As a ruler, Nicodemus was a part of the governing body called the Sanhedrin. He probably came to Jesus in the dark of night because he was afraid of what his peers may think of him for seeking Jesus. Nicodemus recognized Jesus as a “Rabbi” or great teacher from God and he wanted to learn from Him. Everyone needs to recognize Jesus as more than a great teacher. He is the Son of God. Everyone needs to come to Jesus and accept Him as Lord.
Challenge: Have you come to Jesus? Have you admitted you are a sinner? Have you prayed to Jesus and asked forgiveness of your sins and confessed Him as your Lord? Do not be afraid of what others may think of you. Come to Jesus with an open heart and mind so He can teach you the truths of God.