Nicodemus Visits Jesus
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’ 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?
Devotion by Julia Shiver
Nicodemus is an educated man, an intellectual. He is steeped in the traditions of the Jewish religion and way of life. Now, with Jesus, he is being asked to look beyond the boundaries of his education and spiritual life. Nicodemus is being challenged with a new way of looking at God and the world.
We at Pilgrimage are faced with some of these same challenges. We are being asked to look at our spiritual life, our church life, in new ways. We are being asked to look beyond the traditions that have sustained us over the years. We all have a tendency to resist change. It is part of human nature. But this is our time to look beyond how we have always done things, to see what new ideas and opportunities God is offering us. Change can be hard. But the growth that follows is like the first buds of spring after a long cold winter.
Dear God, Thank you for our church family that is Pilgrimage UCC. Thank you for walking with us day by day as we face the challenges of the future. Thank you that we never have to walk alone. Amen.