John Protrays Nicodemus, Jesus, Huffington Post discussed on The Lutheran Hour
Listening to the Lutheran hour, and we just heard a message from Dr Michael Ziglar, titled where heaven beats earth and once again, we're learning new things today. We learned a new word drop-goal. That's right. It's a word that I got from the Huffington Post. There was an article on snoozing, their physiological and mental effects of snoozing. I have a problem with snoozing as you've heard, and I need to need to do better. But it comes from a Mary skit on a PHD professor in psychiatry and human behavior, and and this is an old term to describe this. Lingering sleep inertia was another word for it. You just can't wake up. All right. The message had a lot of important imagery, particularly I liked when we talked about Nicodemus and his nighttime meeting with Jesus I'm wondering would John three six. Fifteen have made it into scripture had Nicodemus not been there and related that conversation to John after the fact. Yeah, you, and I were talking before, and you mentioned that, and it it really I think that's a great idea. A great thought, we don't we don't know. Jesus, of course, could have related to John and post resurrection conversations. But I think that's a great theory. And I've heard someone make a similar move with the book of Jonah like where where do we get Jona because Jonah ends with this open ended nece that he is angry with the Lord and the largest ask a question, and we don't know how it ends. Well, where do we get the book of Jonah apparently Jona how to change your heart? And so maybe that's maybe Nicodemus went and talked to John and said, oh, I heard you write in a book, you gotta put this one in there. And but John protrays Nicodemus in I would say a favorable light everybody who meets Jesus in the gospel of John comes with their own background with their own baggage their own issues, and Jesus will meet them each individually, and he meets Nicodemus. And as I mentioned in the message John mentioned Nicodemus again by name in chapter seven and again by name and chapter twenty so John he he's an author. Who loves to just hint and make you fill in the blanks, and I saw I think that's a great idea later on during the scripture reading you consistently use the phrase, you must be born from above often we hear that said you must be born again. So here you're tying in with your ladder metaphor of God descending born from above. It's coming to us from God. Could also be interpreted as born again. So the Greek word there is normally normally means from above, and I'm reading a commentary on the gospel of John by professor William Weinrich, concordia publishing house commentary. It's it's a scholarly commentary that deals with the original languages, and that's how he translates it. It can also mean born again, it's that's not a bad translation of the word. But I think the emphasis is on. This is the work of God from heaven coming down. Down to earth through the Holy Spirit. This is the movement in John so it Jesus's baptism. The Holy Spirit is descending, and we are born from above and John connects our new birth to the baptism of Jesus that we are born in him, and we received the spirit just as he received the spirit in time as a man both are good. But I think the emphasis is on the action the arrows go down always the arrows, go down in John and the whole biblical message. We are not climbing up the ladder to try to to sneak up on God or find God. He is finding us..