Lenten Devotional: March 8

Psalm 49; Psalm 53; Psalm 119:49-72; Deuteronomy 9:13-21; Hebrews 3:12-19;
John 2:23-3:15

Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?” John 3:9-10

Nicodemus and I are on a journey.

John places Jesus at the center of a world bathed in light. Nicodemus comes to Jesus at night. As a member of the temple leadership, Nicodemus knows of Jesus’ activities and tells Jesus he considers him a gifted teacher. Then Jesus lays it all out: the world is entering a new age with Jesus at its center. Nicodemus just doesn’t get it. Nicodemus needs time to digest what he has heard. Later, when the keepers of Jewish orthodoxy are seeking ways to remove Jesus, Nicodemus stands up and reminds them they must give him a fair hearing. It is the law. Finally, when Jesus has been brought down from the cross, Nicodemus provides the material to prepare Jesus for burial. Nicodemus has moved from the dark into the light. He comes forward in front of the power of Rome and his peers in the temple establishment.

I can identify with Nicodemus except my journey is taking a bit longer. About 60 years ago I got a vague sense that Jesus was more than just another Socrates, Moses or Confucius. Over the years it became clear in my mind that Jesus was God on earth. Then I took that into my heart and soul. I am still on a journey. I suspect this trip will last until the end of time when Jesus returns.

Don’t be discouraged with where you are on your spiritual journey or feeling that the journey will never end. We’ve got all the time in the world.