We are familiar with the evening conversation Jesus had with Nicodemus. Although we can never study this precious portion of scripture often enough, I am not seeking to do this here.
I would ask each of us rather in imagination to place ourselves in Nicodemus’s place. Whether by day or by night: let us come to Jesus and converse with Him.
Each one must answer for themselves what they most want to say to the Lord. We all endeavour to pray and yet a face to face conversation is more direct and immediate. True we are not at this time able to speak to Christ in the same way as we speak to our neighbors, but we can still think about what we would say to Him and what He would say to us.
There is no doubt that a great deal of trivia takes up our conversation today. Our Lord in His speech dealt with many things both small and great. Yet because He was on a mission from God and His time was short,most if not everything He said was turned to a spiritual end. Much of what He said while on earth had an effect on people and tended to lead to conviction, either leading to change for the better or the worse in the hearer. Most of this conviction quickly faded away and the hearers were none the better for it. In some however this conviction endured and had life changing effects being accompanied by the Holy Spirit’s power.
If we were to have a conversation with Jesus I think we could expect a few hard questions and uncomfortable answers. We may not receive the answers we were hoping for. We would most assuredly receive help with our problems and doubts. There would be admonition for our disobedience and lack of faith but yet with compassion and love undiminished.
Much of our idle curiosity would be resolved into trust in Him for the future and our daily needs.
Our complaints about our fellow believers would be resolved into “brother-love” and forgiveness.
Needless to say we would be the better for the time spent with Him. He would focus our attention on the thing most needful and not let us distract Him into abstruse topics like whether we should worship on this mountain or in Jerusalem, as the woman at the well did.
The fact that Jesus is no longer here in the flesh does not make us poorer in our Christianity. In the Word He has said all that needed to be said, it remains only for us to hear and obey.
We can certainly look forward to the day when Christ returns and bring us to Himself and then we can speak to him and He to us face to face.
19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people 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 their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.John 3:19-21
If ever there was a time in the world‘s history that love spiritual darkness this is it. When the Christian church spoke out on moral issues it was listened to if only to be ignored. Now if it opens its mouth it is muzzled and told to stay out of it. In Victorian times there was the appearance of high morality and decorum and anything like a scandal was disastrous. Then sin of the times was committed in darkness and hidden under ceremonial sanctity.
Today sin is committed in the broad daylight. It does not merely ask to be condoned but expects to be applauded.
Yet the light of God still shines in the Gospel and the lovers of sin and darkness still hate it and the Christians who profess it.
Let us pray that people instead of shunning the light of Christ will draw near to it and dwell in it for all eternity.