Two Words

John 3:1-17The Second Sunday of Lent – for Sunday, March 12, 2017

“Nicodemus said, ‘How are these things possible?’” (John 3:9)

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a Jewish leader. He came to Jesus and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God . . .”

So began a conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus, between a “Jewish leader” and the upstart from Galilee. The established order and the disrupter meet. The one with questions on how to live seeks to learn from the One asking questions that lead to living now.

For this second Sunday of Lent, did you notice that two words were absent from the verse quoted in the opening sentence?

Just two.

He came to Jesus at night and said to him . . .

Do those two words make a difference?

It was at night, while making dinner, when I asked my wife to marry me.

It was at night, in a phone call with a frightened voice, when a church member once called me. He wanted me to be with him after his house was burglarized.

It was at night when my older sister phoned and told me Dad had died.

It was at night that a nurse called, informing me that Mom had died.

It was at night . . . Continue reading →