This past week the MCF group at Star Top looked at John 3 asking ourselves what do we know for sure from the text? Among several items, which the scripture stated, was the failing of Nicodemus to be knowledgeable about the need to be born of the Spirit. Jesus words to Nicodemus likely stung. Nicodemus, a Pharisee, a teacher of Israel, did not understand that a person must be born of the Spirit to enter the kingdom of God. The desired end-state of any follower of Judaism was to be in the kingdom of God. So, to hear that in order for that to happen Nicodemus had to be born of the Spirit and then to hear that he should already have known this fact, but was obviously ignorant; it is likely that Nicodemus, who had come to Jesus under the cover of night, became distressed. What would happen to you, if what you were counting on as the means by which you would enter into what the Bible describes as heaven was suddenly shown to be false? John does not record Nicodemus saying anything else after Jesus pointed out the depth of his ignorance and its implications. It could be because there was nothing of any further importance to John’s message that was said by Nicodemus, or it could be because Nicodemus didn’t or maybe couldn’t say anything more.In his letter to the church in Rome, Paul also writes about observable evidence. The invisible attributes of God, his eternal power and his divine nature are described by Paul as being clearly seen and understood. Paul is stating, with no lack of passionate conviction, that people should know of God; He is observable. In fact, He is so observable, that Paul states their knowledge should have resulted in the worship and gratitude. Instead, people turn away. John 3 records Jesus explanation that people, in general, turn to the darkness, so that their sin maybe hidden.
What do we know for sure? Nicodemus should have known that he needed to be born of the Spirit. Nicodemus has plenty of company, because the evidence of God is observable by everyone. Though God is knowable, it is people’s sin that drives them to the darkness. Nicodemus was convicted, he had nothing of importance to say.
How about you? I know that you know of God. I know that if you chose to not worship God that it is because of the sin you desire to keep hidden. By the way, all of heaven knows this too, so really, your sin is not hidden. The question is what will you do, now that you know?