Tuesday, May 29, 2012

God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him

In our readings in John 3:1-17, we learn that curiosity is the first step in seeing things through new eyes, and confusion is the unintended consequence of curiosity. As the "patron saint" of the curious, Nicodemus attempted to use his intellect to understand what Jesus was saying. But can we blame him? What does it mean, we must be born again? How on earth can such a thing happen?
Think about it: if we are born again, then we must grow up again.  What would we do differently if we had half the chance? How would we re-edit the narrative of our lives? Jesus invited Nicodemus as he invites us, to be curious about our lives, and to view life with an altered perspective. We are challenged to conduct a retrospective on our past, and to look to the future through the eyes of redemptive possibility. How might our life be different if we were born again? How would our life be altered if we truly believed, from the beginning, that God loves us with a sacrificial love? Margaret B. Hess, Christian Century, May 14, 1997, p. 475

1 comment:

  1. This is a crucial question: how indeed would things be different if we were to grow-up again in the risen Christ? Is this Bible study intentionally supporting "growing up" among it's participants? If so, how do you/we know it? What are the fruits of this growing-up?