In our Bible story on Sunday, we read about a man named Nicodemus who came to Jesus late at night, under the cover of darkness. I guess Nicodemus was embarrassed to be seen in public with Jesus. Jesus tells Nicodemus that in the midst of the darkness of humanity’s struggling to find life’s answers, too often we do this alone. We turn inside ourselves for salva- tion. Rather, Jesus reveals that the key to finding the truth is in Christ’s own self. Nicodemus, like you and me, can never understand what it means to be saved apart from knowing God’s son.
Jesus made it clear to Nicodemus that he needed to be “born again.” That is, Nicodemus needed a makeover. Our understanding of hope, love, and redemption be- gins and ends with Jesus. And as it was for Nicode- mus, and is for anyone who seeks change, it isn’t easy! There is a cost for anything important. Just ask those soldiers lying in their graves on Memorial Day. Or ask any Christian who commits to discipleship. Jesus demands that we have to give something to him. He insists that we have to change in order to get better and be better. That’s the life of a Jesus follower...we need to be “born again,” and again, and again.
Jesus not only loves us, cares for us, and teaches us; he also calls for us. Those whom he touches, he com- missions. Those whom he saves, he sends. We not
only enjoy the benefits of Jesus’ companionship; we are also the recipients of his call. I am grateful that we here at DAPC are still able to proclaim the Lord’s death, the sacrifice of the cross, the cost of discipleship, and the rewards of peace and justice. As Nicodemus heard that night long ago, will he risk the possibility of disruption? Can he be “born again”? Will we love Jesus despite the cost? God so loved you, and you, and you, and me, that we were given Jesus the Christ. It requires a response, don’t you know?
Peace, Pastor Gary