The story of Nicodemus is best understood when viewed in the light of a mid-life crisis. On the outside, Nicodemus had it all. He was a Pharisee, a leader of the Jews. He had the respect of the community, the prestige that came from being a member of the Sanhedrin. He was a part of an illustrious family. He had a good job, a nice home -- but somehow it all wasn't enough. So he went to Jesus, during the night, so that no one would see him. He hoped that Christ could provide what was missing in his life. He was a seeking spirit with unanswered questions.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.