So, looking ahead, what are the truths we'll ferret out in the coming days? Who knows?
We might get a hint by looking back to previous times,where discoveries led to conclusions which revealed a sad and frustrating realization. Too many times the pursuit of truth has uncovered human frailty, constantly reminding us how easy it is to short circuit our potential.
This week’s passage contains one of the most well-known verses in the entire Bible. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The following verse is also revealing, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
When Nicodemus looked at his own life, what was hidden, concealed?
In his question about how to be born again, what came to be revealed?
Did his effort to grapple with and understand a greater truth,
indicate he was like the great Sherlock Holmes, detecting sleuth?
If so, did he discover something criminal, inherently bad,
or just what was weak, sorrowful, angry, sick, and sad.
I think of wind blowing where it pleases, with constant sound… and I can hear it.
With this as backdrop, Jesus said, “You must be born again of water and the spirit.”
“If you don’t believe me in the earthly things how can you trust in what heaven brings?”
Feeling how the cross could cause an agonizing, questioning shout,
I see God experiencing sinful truth as revealed from the inside out.
The judgement of self-sacrificial love proves Christ’s salvation route
as one which restores and renews, concluding by overcoming doubt.
Pastor Rich Wagner