Jesus and Nicodemus. It was quite the meeting. Nicodemus was at the very top of the social and religious scale. His name was known and respected throughout the entire nation of Israel. The disciples would be impressed, and even a bit in awe, when they discovered that Nicodemus, “Israel’s teacher,” had initiated a visit with Jesus and had come near the place they were staying.
I can just imagine the conversation with the excited disciples: “Wow, Nicodemus came to see you! A leading Pharisee actually sat here with you. Incredible! What did you say to him, Jesus?” With a knowing look, Jesus replies, “I told him he must be born again.” That probably made for some animated discussion.
Not long after, Jesus has another one-on-one meeting. This time it is with an unnamed Samaritan woman. She was on the absolute bottom of the social and religious scale simply because she was a Samaritan and a woman. Even worse, it is revealed that she had had five husbands and was presently living with a man. When the disciples returned from an errand and found Jesus talking with this woman, they were speechless. No excited chatter and definitely no questions.
From the top to the bottom. From an impressive leader to an immoral woman. So just what did Jesus say to this woman? Surprisingly, it was a conversation not much different than the one Jesus had with Nicodemus.
In preparation for our time of study Sunday, let me encourage you to read the following verses:
- John 3:22-36 – a side story between the Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman meetings
- John 4:1-42 – like Nicodemus, this woman is surprised at how direct Jesus is; is Jesus too tough on her or did he know exactly what she needed?
Easter signups continue in the lobby this Sunday. Serve wholeheartedly!
Remember – Daylight Savings Time starts this Sunday. “Spring ahead” Saturday night.
“Lord, if you want to use me in any way today, I am available.”
Love God – Love Neighbor – Lead Others