Nicodemus, who had gone to him (Jesus) before, and who was one of them (Sanhedrin), said to them, “Does our law first judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?” They replied, “Are you from Galilee too?”- John 7:50-52
As Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 2 of Not a Fan, he reiterates that following Jesus requires total commitment that will interfere with our lives. We cannot have a gospel that offers us everything and costs us nothing. Believing involves a commitment to follow.
Pastor Idleman notes that when Nicodemus came to Jesus’ defense, publically speaking up on His behalf, he risked his career and reputation- even though he stopped short of proclaiming his belief in Jesus as his Savior. The response of the Pharisees was a personal check on Nicodemus, a slap shot to his ego and a threat to his religious reputation. In other words, this was a reality check for Nicodemus. Following Jesus would interfere with his life.
Nicodemus’ commitment was obvious following Jesus’ death, as Jesus’ body was being prepared for burial:
“Nicodemus, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight (John 19:39).”
Pastor Idleman states that it’s interesting to note that while most others had abandoned Jesus or were hiding in fear, Nicodemus made this great gesture of love and affection. He had followed Jesus into the light.
Today’s question: What has enabled you to be a positive witness for Jesus during your desert, transitional time? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Knowledge vs. intimacy”