Part of his plan for me was to move me into more of a leadership role. That meant completing the master's program, and passing the requisite licensing exams, on his schedule, not mine.
Our cohort completed the program in less than two years, going one night a week. For successful completion, it was either get with the program or get out. Makes me think of Nicodemus.
I've always felt sorry for Nicodemus. Maybe he sneaked around to see Jesus, and what did he get for taking a huge risk? When I read the dialogue, Nicodemus seems clueless. And Jesus seems a bit brutal.
Okay, enough admiring the little eye candy God created. Back to Scripture.
I love the book of John! This time as I read it, I'm trying to slow down, trying to savor, and let its message soak in. This time I'm trying to remember that John didn't write it in the chapter and verse format we're used to. I have to read with new eyes.
24 But Jesus did not trust them, because he knew how all people think.25 He did not need anyone to tell him what a person was like. He already knew.
John 2:24-25 ERV
I'm betting Jesus knew Nicodemus's heart. Probably also knew how important Nicodemus was going to be in the founding of the Kingdom. But Jesus also knew he didn't have the luxury of discipling Nicodemus for a couple of years, like he did his apostles.
Jesus wasn't being cruel to Nicodemus when he basically told him to get with the program. He was giving Nicodemus a crash course in the gospel.
Dear Reader, have you ever felt like the Lord was giving you a crash course in a new skillset, and you didn't know why? I wonder if that's how Nicodemus felt. I wonder what Nicodemus would advise us.
According to John's Gospel, Jesus concluded his chat with Nicodemus with the same instruction and encouragement he gives us today:
Those who abandon deceit and embrace what is true, they will enter into the light where it will be clear that all their deeds come from God.
John 3:21 VOICE