Chapter 3 – Jesus’ Early Ministry (By St John)
Story No. 7 of 7) (Jn 3:1-21)
When people want to keep their actions secret, they often choose the protection of darkness. Nicodemus, a Jewish Leader, didn’t want his friends to see him associating with Jesus so, he chose night time to visit; he wanted to talk to Jesus in secret.
You are a teacher from God, he told Jesus but, ““How can a man, once grown old, be born again?” Jesus answered, “Unless one is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of God”.
Jesus added, “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned”.
In Baptism, we are born from above, of the Holy Spirit. Most of us were babies when we were baptised but our Parents and Godparents will hold many fond memories.
There are many Nicodemus’ in our world! They are afraid of others knowing their religious convictions or even sharing their religious curiosities! Yet, we have so much to celebrate and share with everyone. Why hide something that is great and good?
Rejoice with the Holy Spirit, take the time to strengthen your relationship. The Holy Spirit is what Nicodemus was searching for.
We are an ever questioning people. Sometimes the answers are difficult to grasp, sometimes difficult to accept.
Lord Jesus, shine a little light on those who do not yet understand your Word and those who refuse to accept it. May we remain tireless in our attempts to help them.
May Christ support us all the day long,
till the shadows lengthen,
and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over
and our work is done.
Then in his mercy
may he give us a safe lodging,
and holy rest
and peace at the last. Amen.
|Music Suggestion: Change My Heart|
Listen and reflect… pause and talk.
On this day in 1972, soldiers shot and killed 13 innocent people marching for equal rights in Northern Ireland. The day is known as Bloody Sunday.
Say a prayer for the many people worldwide who suffer unfairly. Our Father…
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(Note: The story order represents an approximate timeline of events in Jesus’ ministry; Biblical Scholars views vary.)