Nic at Nite

Two men, an esteemed religious elderly statesman and a young carpenter turned preacher miracle worker meet in the cover of darkness.

That’s as likely as the Pope meeting with my pastor husband.  The first century paparazzi would have swarmed that meeting.

One was Nicodemus; a member of the elite Jewish order of the Sanhedrin and the other wasn’t just any young upstart preacher; it was Jesus, the Son of Man.

There are no coincidences in the Bible, the meeting had to be at night.  The Almighty Father orchestrated every word and divine appointment in Jesus’ life. Was it to avoid a media storm?  But whose reputation was being protected?

Before we examine the characters, let’s focus on why the meeting had to be at night.  As the two sat face-to-face in the lamp light, Jesus gets to the heart of the matter with this verdict.

 

 Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

Jesus has a way of cutting through the pretense and nailing the truth to your heart.  It’s painful but effective.   Allow me to paraphrase how He has made this personal to me.

Jesus said, “I AM the laser beam sent for heaven to cut through the façade of your life.  You hide in the muck and mire of this world because you are afraid to let me burn away your sin and lies.  But if you will stop hiding in the darkness and stand boldly in my Light, I will burn away the filth and make you new.”

 

The Sovereign God of the universe caused Nicodemus to walk the night streets, to feel the fear of the darkness, to sit opposite the blinding Light from Heaven.  He knows we need to face the truth of ourselves before we will allow Him to perform the necessary surgery.

But be assured of this, whatever God brings to the Light, He is ready to Lasik.

What you are hiding in the dark?

Who are you afraid will see the real you?

If you believe, why are you ashamed to come into the Light?

Does God have you in a situation where your emotions are frayed and your nerves are frazzled?

Run into the Light.  It is best for your soul to sit under the interrogating Light of His Truth.  Nicodemus learned this and it changed his heart.

The next two times Nicodemus is mentioned in scripture, he is no longer hiding in the darkness.  You find him defending Jesus to his peers (John 7:50-52) then unashamedly defiling himself as he prepares the body of his Lord for burial (John 19: 31, 38-42).  Please don’t miss the amount of myrrh and aloes given to the Lord by Nicodemus.  It was fit for royalty.  I propose Nicodemus no longer saw Jesus as just a Rabbi.

No more hiding in darkness once you’ve been exposed to the True Light of the World.  You want to be born from above then you need to stop slipping around in the dark and take a stand in Light.

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