August 18 – A Conversation with Jesus – John 3

Nicodemus comes to Jesus one evening just to have a conversation.  As a member of the Sanhedrin (Jewish governing body), Nicodemus already had much knowledge about the Jewish religion.  He recognized something different in Jesus’ actions.  I do not know why Nicodemus came to Jesus at night.  It could have been that this was the only time Jesus did not have a crowd, or it could have been Nicodemus did not want to be seen coming to Jesus.  When he finally does get to Jesus, Nicodemus does not come with a question, rather, he just comes to have a conversation with Jesus.  It was Jesus that brought up a perplexing subject creating questions that Nicodemus had a great curiosity to find answer.  Jesus knew what would create an open door for Nicodemus to want to hear the gospel.  It was up to Nicodemus to respond and get saved.  As Christians, we must allow the Holy Spirit to guide our conversations with lost people, so that we also create open doors for people to hear the gospel.  Before you are too hard on yourself for not being able to lead someone to Christ, remember, it is ultimately up to each person to accept Christ or reject Him.  As far as we know, Nicodemus left Jesus without getting saved.

Nicodemus saw Jesus as a very good teacher and knew God was with Jesus, but did not see Jesus as the Son of God.  This is the same problem many folks struggle with today.  They do not see Jesus as God in the flesh.  How about you?  Have you been born again?  Do you see Jesus as God?  

I and my Father are one.”   John 10:30

“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” 1 John 5:7

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”  1 John 5:11-13