September 24th, 2017

Read "JOHN 3:1-21" & "PSALM 109

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

"Nicodemus said to Him, "How can these things be?". (JOHN 3:9)


Nicodemus, a Pharisee curious about the teaching of Jesus, was an intelligent man, but Nicodemus was having a hard time reconciling the teaching of Jesus with his upbringing and understanding of the Law. In fact, Jesus' teaching seemed the antithesis of what Nicodemus has been taught. It was hard for Nicodemus to consider this new thesis, to believe in the Son who stood before him, talking about a truth that Nicodemus wanted to understand but could not understand.

Later, when the chief priests sent guards to arrest Jesus, Nicodemus spoke to them about upholding the Law. Nicodemus defended Jesus' right to continue His teaching.

The ultimate spiritual fate of Nicodemus is unknown. In John's Gospel, Nicodemus is mentioned once more when he donates spices for the burial of Jesus and helps Joseph of Arimathea wrap Jesus' body. It is a remarkable act of generosity for a man who struggled to understand Jesus' thesis.

Nicodemus is an example fir us when we want to give up on people who say they don't believe in Jesus, It is in the power of the Gospel to touch the hearts of those who seem opposed to the message.

Jesus, the power of the Gospel comes from You. Give us the courage to let the power of the Gospel work within and through us. Amen!

Highland Park Lutheran Church (LCMC)

147 East Euclid Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50313-4577

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