by Duane Bemis

Nicodemus - He Lacked One Thing
Duane Bemis

Here we are once again; are you ready to look into the scriptures and let Jesus speak to us again? My heartfelt desire is that you see the truths that are hidden within the words and questions of this very religious man named Nicodemus. Nicodemus' name means "Victorious". Let us find out if he lives up to his name. Let us pray together that God will be glorified, and each of our hearts will be touched and changed for the better. Let us pray that we can learn how to be more Christlike in our every day dealings with important religious people. Let us look at their hearts first and let us see that their hearts hunger for more of God. Right now let us bow our hearts in humbleness and let us pray to our Lord God Almighty.

"Father, open the eyes of our hearts to see Your truth found in the words of this gospel. Come, Lord Jesus, and touch me with Your love, grace, and tender mercy as You did with this very important ruler of the Jewish faith."

Let us begin this quest by listening to the words found in the Gospel of John 3:1-2

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him."

As you can read, this man named Nicodemus was a leader in his religion. He had the right robes, the right hat, and the right words for his people. Later on we will find out that he was a teacher of his faith for all Israel. All the people would probably go directly to him for all their religious questions, yet here he is at night wanting to ask Jesus some questions.

Nicodemus gives Jesus the highest title he could in his faith group. Nicodemus called Jesus "Rabbi", which means "master" or "teacher," a title ascribed only to religious teachers of the Jewish faith. But even with all the education that Nicodemus had he saw something in this ordinar ...

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