How many of you have had to visit or have been visited by someone late in the night?
It leaves you curious as to why right?
We have been studying the book of John in our Bible Study Group and for some reason, my mind keeps going back to Chapter 3.
If you are wondering what’s in Chapter 3, it is a clear sign that you need to go open your Bible.
Let get into it.
‘Pastor’ Nicodemus waited for his fellow pastors and members to sleep first before he went visiting Jesus. Have you ever wondered why?
I want to believe that the other Pastors would have emotionally blackmailed him and the members would have gathered to discuss Pastor’s matter. So in a situation like this, the night visit had to happen.
Upon visiting Jesus, he admitted something all of them (his fellow pastors) knew but couldn’t admit because they did not want to ruin their pastoral reputation.
I particularly like the way The Message puts it:
“There was a man of the Pharisee sect, Nicodemus, a prominent leader among the Jews. Late one night he visited Jesus and said, “Rabbi, we all know you’re a teacher straight from God. No one could do all the God-pointing, God-revealing acts you do if God weren’t in on it.” Jesus said, “You’re absolutely right. Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above, it’s not possible to see what I’m pointing to—to God’s kingdom.””
John 3:1-3 MSG
Now Jesus’ answer to Pastor Nico got the man very confused and he had to ask Jesus what He was talking about. Jesus went on to explain what He meant by being born again which wasn’t about being born again physically but spiritually.
This means, when you give your life to Christ, your Spirit is BORN AGAIN. Remember you are Spirit with a soul living in a body. And if you are Spirit, and your spirit is born again, you are born again.
Back to our story.
This conversation between Jesus and Pastor Nico would later show us that despite this Jewish leader been well read and well taught in “Seminary school,” he still didn’t know and understand; and Jesus had to explain to him using the wind as an illustration.
So many of us are like that, we hear and hear and hear but understand we do not.
We go to every church service and jump at every Amen, raise our hands to every worship, dance to every praise, volunteer for every meeting and attend every conference but still don’t know God for ourselves. Only what we are told by others.
A relationship with God far outweighs what you know or are taught by others. Acknowledging how little you know or don’t know at all is the first step to knowing and understanding.
Seeking to know more should be the next step. If you only know what your Pastor has said, you are missing out. This is because there is so much God wants you to know that He cannot tell your pastor. He is waiting to tell you.
So what needs to be done?
Seek Jesus! Like Pastor Nico, if you have to “sneak out late at night” when no eye is watching, do it.
The amazing thing is that you don’t have to visit anyone, just where you are, you will find Jesus.
It is my prayer that you get to know God for yourself because, He wants to have a relationship with you through His Holy Spirit.
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