READ John 3.1-17
Let’s use our imaginations. We don’t know much about him. Maybe he’s the professor of Torah at the seminary in Jerusalem. Likely he is a political leader, well-connected to the political and religious elites of the city.
But as the story goes, one night he secretly calls a taxi and directs it a less well-to-do part of town. He doesn’t want to be followed so after some meandering they pull up at a worn down house where Jesus, fresh from the wedding at Cana is hanging out with his friends.
Imagine the surprise. The disciples are sitting around talking and sipping some Manischewitz, when there’s a knock on the door. Peter jumps up to answer and is shocked seeing the professor at the door. But Jesus tells him to come in and a conversation begins.
And that’s where the misunderstanding begins. Disregarding the good professor’s credentials, Jesus insists that Nick needs to be reborn, from above. In other words, his certainty, his formulas for faith are not adequate for truly understanding Jesus or his mission.
Nick is confused. Finally, after a long silence he responds, ‘How is that possible?’ Jesus, in reply offers him life in the Spirit, a life that is open to vulnerability and surprise and freedom.
Then the secret meeting is over. Nick gets back into his cab and heads back to his downtown condo. We really don’t know: Is Nick merely confused? Does he merely want to be an admirer of this wonder-working rabbi? Does he want a new life or has he just come to engage in an intellectual debate? Does he think the price of following this Jesus is just too costly.
Join us this Sunday as we explore with Nicodemus, Jesus’ invitation to the wonder of new life in the Spirit.
7Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” 8The 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.’