HOW THE MASTER TEACHER TEACHES A WORDLY TEACHER IN A LATE NIGHT VISIT
Today’s lesson speaks truth to power, concerning the true Master Teacher who knows all things, sees all things and understand the nature of all things. Perhaps we can all learn how to think deeply on the things not seen, but stand strongly on the word of God, allowing it to cleanse us of all doubt and negative thinking. Remember, faith and doubt cannot live in the same house. You are either going to have one are the other and the Master Teacher teaches this lesson well if your mind has been open to receive it.
In this lesson, we understand that Jesus and Nicodemus had a private conversation late one night. We do not know whether Nicodemus had an appointment. We do not know what he wanted to say. Nicodemus came to Jesus, but Jesus guided the conversation from the start. In effect, Nicodemus took a step in the right direction, and Jesus met him more than halfway.
Nicodemus said to Jesus, “Rabbi, we all know you’re a teacher straight from God. No one could do all the God-pointing, God-revealing acts you do if God weren’t in on it.”
Jesus said, “You’re absolutely right. Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above, it’s not possible to see what I’m pointing to—to God’s kingdom.” If Nicodemus purpose was to find out for himself whether Jesus was really a teacher from God, he did not have to wait long. Instead of defending His own credentials, Jesus offered Nicodemus an eternal lesson.
How can anyone,” said Nicodemus, “be born who has already been born and grown up? You can’t re-enter your mother’s womb and be born again. What are you saying with this ‘born-from-above’ talk?”
Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit.
Nicodemus was part of a group whose prestige had suffered the most because of Jesus popularity. The Pharisees were the conservatives in Israel. They held all the Scriptures in high regard. They believed in eternal life. They were the ones most people thought would be able to identify the long-awaited Messiah and announce Him to the people. Unfortunately, the Pharisees had begun to think of the coming Messiah as one who would elevate and honor them when He came. But Jesus showed no inclination to do this. Instead, He called all to repentance, even the Pharisees. He made it painfully clear to the Pharisees that their devotion to Scripture was undermined by their tendency to apply it wrongly and to exalt themselves over others. Although they had diligently studied the Scriptures, they had not learned the central truths of Scripture: Justice, mercy, and faith (Matt. 23:23).
And yet Nicodemus chose to come, even if he had to come alone. He allowed Jesus to challenge his understanding. He did not shrink from revealing his ignorance about the second birth. He listened. In spite of the fact that he was a teacher, he was willing to be taught. Jesus did not disappoint.
Now I ask of you, to join Nicodemus here this night and listen to how a Master Teacher teaches the lesson of our New Birth. He says, “So don’t be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be ‘born from above’—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.”
9Nicodemus asked, “What do you mean by this? How does this happen?”
Jesus said, “You’re a respected teacher of Israel and you don’t know these basics? Listen carefully. I’m speaking sober truth to you. I speak only of what I know by experience; I give witness only to what I have seen with my own eyes. There is nothing secondhand here, no hearsay. Yet instead of facing the evidence and accepting it, you procrastinate with questions. If I tell you things that are plain as the hand before your face and you don’t believe me, what use is there in telling you of things you can’t see, the things of God?
“No one has ever gone up into the presence of God except the One who came down from that Presence, the Son of Man. In the same way that Moses lifted the serpent in the desert so people could have something to see and then believe, it is necessary for the Son of Man to be lifted up—and everyone who looks up to him, trusting and expectant, will gain a real life, eternal life.
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
“This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”
What a tragedy that people have turned away from God’s offer, embracing instead the darkness in hopes of covering up evil actions. There is probably no more painful moment than when we honestly confront our tendency to love darkness, to twist or withhold the truth. The Son did not come to judge, but in the light of his character the sharp shadows of our sinfulness stand out. The people who hate the light are those who want to sin in the darkness. Evil deeds are revealed by the light, so people who want to do evil must do it in the dark so they cannot be exposed and caught in the act.
According to the context, to do what is right is to come to Christ, the light; the result of coming to the light and living in the light will be clearly seen in believer’s lives. Christ’s life in us will make our lives able to stand exposure to bright light, for our deeds will be honest, pure, and truthful. Now we can truly see that Nicodemus was able to see the light that night and experience God love from the Master Teacher because Nicodemus character was changed that very night.
Now if you are in need of more knowledge concerning your own salvation or perhaps you need help with ministering the oath of salvation, stroll to the top of this page and click on Salvation and stroll down and study the many topics we have shared for you to be in a position to know the truth concerning salvation. I minister to you this day with the power God has given to me to help you reach your destination through love, peace and understanding. I remain you brother in Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher. I am a servant of Jesus Christ, following in his footsteps teaching his word as it has been given to me in his name as one of his true Master Teachers. To God be the glory.