Prayer: Lord Yeshua, we hand our hearts and minds to You. We ask that you humble us and soften our hearts in order that we may grow closer to the garden that is Your Word, Your Truth, Your Life, Your Love, an abundance of all these that will strengthen our shield of faith.
Post: In John chapter three we learn a lot. Yeshua had been working mentally and spiritually very hard in order to grab the attention of the pharisees.
- <“Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered The House of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” Then Yeshua said to them, “The Son Of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”>
He had that attention and one of them, Nicodemus, was softened and ready for The Master to teach him (or maybe he was sent as a spy). When Nicodemus came to Yeshua it was by night, in secret seemingly, so he probably was coming on his own accord in order to gain spiritual wisdom where his conscience was pricked and the pure, unadulterated passions that brought him to serve as a pharisee to begin with were re-awakened. The message that so perfectly sums up the gospel was given to Nicodemus. An immense amount of knowledge was passed from Yeshua to Nicodemus that night.
What an incredible honor for Nicodemus to have received such knowledge from the Son Of God. The love of Messiah continued to abound in Nicodemus’s life: before Yeshua left for Galilee, John went into Judea teaching all the people the same message. That may seem tangential, but if John went into Judea teaching the same message, that means it would have been the buzz. Imagine the supporting evidence the in-dwelling of The Spirit within those communities of believers would have lent to Nicodemus in marketplace conversations. There would have been no getting away from it.
Now, a note about this eternal life.
- <For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.>
What Yeshua said to Nicodemus was in the past tense, “For God so loved the world”. This, in the past tense, although it was what He was currently living out. The question here is: how is that logical? Yeshua was living out what had already happened. He was living it out for our sake: <He is The Lamb who was slain before the foundation of the world.> Believers are not living to heap up merit for ourselves, in order that we have this everlasting life after death only, but that we may have it presently and in abundance. Yeshua came to give us life, and to give us life more abundantly, as it says in John. As we believe, or behave faithfully, our old man who is living a dowie existence that can hardly be called life dies and, we are risen with Messiah.
We shed the partial truths the world teaches us about life. These are the laws of death that unbelievers live within. Believers can live true life above the laws of sin and death. We live in The Son, The Prince of Peace, The Son of God, The Bridge that brings us from living death to, true life away from God’s wrath: the way Nicodemus did, even though he was surrounded by the laws of sin and death, he began to live life in freedom.