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Walls

Posted: 2017/04/21 in Biblical, Devotional, Discipleship, Easter
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Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality,  but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (Acts 10:34-43, NRSV)

God shows no partiality. We were all sinners saved by grace, we need to see God in our fellow man. As I read this passage and the tag line that goes with it on the Milestones Ministry Taking Faith Home sheet, I thought about the old DC Talk song Walls. We need to work are taking down the things that separate us and focus on what unites us. God is the uniting factor that sought each of us before we were worthy to be in His presence.

So remember everyone is welcome to the throne, and let us see God in our neighbor and help them see the love God has for them!

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”  (John 3:1-8, NRSV)

Nicodemus is the model disciple… Here we see his first encounter with Jesus. It is under the cover of darkness so others will not see what he is doing. He came to inquire at night, in the dark, so not to expose his wonder, his inquisitiveness.

And here we see Jesus tell him that you must be born from above. You must be born of the Spirit and of water. Now every person is born of water. When the human baby is born of the mother, there is a lot of water involved. So you can not enter the kingdom of heaven without water and spirit. Now what about those babies that aren’t born. Well that depends on when we say birth happens, and when a baby is in utero there is a lot of water involved there as well, and I am not here to put God in a box. But this has been said that water is baptism, and I do not necessarily agree with that. But you must be born of water and spirit.

And God’s Spirit is like the wind. We can not catch the wind or see the breeze. We can only see the effects of the wind, yet no one would say the wind doesn’t exist. But we can not see God or understand the concepts around Him, so we say it isn’t true.

Nicodemus could have been turned away because he didn’t understand. But he kept questioning. He kept inquiring.

Allow the Spirit to work in and through you.

Here is a song this passage always reminds me of:

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible. (Hebrews 11:1-3, NRSV)

By faith our ancestors received approval. Not by the actions they did. They were approved by the faith they had.

And faith is knowing that what we hope for, will be, and what we can not see still exists.

The image that always comes to mind for me when I hear this is from the song by DC Talk Mind’s Eye. The song is about what I see in my mind, and might not see in real life. But part of the song talks about the wind. Have you ever seen the wind? You can see the effects that the wind has. You can see the leaves move, and the trees sway. You can feel the wind. But you can not see the wind.

So it is with God, and what we believe. We can see the effects that He has in our lives and feel His presence. But yet we can see Him, in the faces of those who share our faith, our hope, our conviction.

So cling to your faith, and know that it is the assurance for what we hope for, the conviction of things unseen!

Great song!

A great blast from the past…

Was reminded of this song today in a conversation and wanted to share…