Day 6 (March 2), John 3:1-15
Day 6– Monday, March 2
Context: After Jesus clears the temple in Jerusalem upon his arrival from Galilee he is questioned by Jewish authorities regarding a ‘sign’ to substantiate and legitimize his actions. One of those leaders very well could have been Nicodemus who, in Chapter 3, approaches Jesus by night for a private discussion. Nicodemus’ focus is, once again, Jesus’ authority for his rabbinical teachings and actions, but Jesus quickly shifts it to the deeper, more critical issues, of His messianic identity and the absolute necessity for all men to become ‘born again’ to see the kingdom of God. We don’t know Nicodemus’ initial response, but we know from later gospel narratives he became a believer and follower of Jesus!!
Observations: Why would Jesus travel so quickly to Jerusalem at the start of his public ministry rather than stay in Galilee where he was close to family, his disciples and large followings? Why did Nicodemus come to Jesus by night? What does it mean to be born both of water and the Spirit? Think how pertinent (and translatable) Jesus’ reference to being lifted up just as ‘Moses lifted up the serpent’ in the Old Testament (Numbers 21:9) so that people could be saved.
Application: Is there some aspect of your faith and following of Jesus that you prefer to keep hidden and not be seen in the day? The Spirit is compared with the ‘wind’ or ‘breath’, literally pneuma in Greek. How can you tap into the power of the Holy Spirit today? If no one is seeing the results (fruit) of the Spirit’s work in your life what adjustments can/should you make?
Prayer: Thank God that we don’t need to ‘go into hiding’ to worship Jesus (yet). Also, take some time to remember those many followers of Jesus who do have to go ‘underground.’ Pray for them and ask God to help you make the most of your opportunities to influence and love others for Jesus … to lift him high so others can look to him and be changed!!