“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 thing of God?” John 3:12 (The Message Bible)
This scripture above shows Jesus as a frustrated human being. He had tried to explain to Nicodemus (an intelligent Jew) the concept of being “reborn from above…from the wind of God…” I understand frustration, because I frustrate my husband, who is a computer geek, tech, specialist, and programmer. I am a computer user, and learn as I go—not too much at one time to stress my non-geeky brain. When I ask Glen for the umpteenth time how to format an equation in Excel, he gets a “Duh” look on his face, which conveys to me, “Why can’t she understand this!”
In John 3:16 (one of the most widely scripture in the Bible), Jesus shares with Nicodemus his purpose on earth: “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.” There is no further dialogue with Nicodemus, so we don’t know if he got this either!
Dear Lord, thank you for giving me just enough information to make me want to learn more about your love for me. Amen.