“I will make a new covenant with Israel. I will put my law in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people” (Hebrews 8:10).
A murky atmosphere floated in, blanketing Jerusalem after Rome conquered their territory. Now, more than ever, they needed a deliverer. But when the Savior did arrive, most religious leaders rejected Him. However, Nicodemus, a Sanhedrin member, perceived that Jesus’ teachings carried divine authority. So, rather than risk rejection and disgrace with fellow-Pharisees, Nicodemus visited Jesus at night and said, “We all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you, and we know you come from God’ (John 3:2). Jesus glided over that statement and addressed a more crucial matter with Nicodemus, urging, “You must be born again”. Then Jesus expounded further. Likening the Spirit to a gentle breeze or a powerful gale that is unseen. Yet, can be traced by its’ unruly destruction and aftermath.
Perhaps Jesus impacted Nicodemus’ thinking, if only in a small measure. Because, Scripture tells us that after Jesus’ crucifixion, Nicodemus bought pounds of spices. Gently swathing them into Jesus’ burial cloth, a tender gesture indeed (John 19:39). Yet, three days later, Jesus arose. A new day dawned. Then weeks later, after visiting His disciples, Jesus ascended. Picture with me if you will, tornado-like winds, swooping down, picking up Jesus and carrying Him into heavenly realms. Breathtaking!
Straightaway, a regime of believers took form and gathered to celebrate a Jewish feast (Pentecost). Harmoniously, with intense purpose, they began praying and worshiping God. Suddenly, whirring sounds, accompanied by violent winds surrounded them. Filling the entire upper room and infusing them with needed courage. So, thoroughly saturated with the Spirit, Jesus-followers traveled to various countries, spreading ‘good news’ all around. An unstoppable revolution had begun that turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6).
Maybe we need a change of direction? Or perhaps, invigorating refreshment like the disciples. Even a much needed rebirth like Nicodemus. Whatever the case, regardless of your situation, you can accept Jesus today as Lord over your life. He always hears, forgives, and restores those who sincerely repent.
*And Dear Father, catch us up in the winds of change today. Let us turn from sinful ways and feel Your waves of love sweeping over us. Securing us permanently in Your tender arms. Amen.