“Whatever it Takes”

Are you willing to give yourself totally to the Lord Jesus? No one could be indifferent for long when confronted with Jesus’ message. It caused division for many who heard it.  Some believe he was a prophet, some the Messiah, and some believed he was neither.  The reaction of the officers was bewildered amazement.  They went to arrest him and returned empty-handed because they never heard anyone speak as he did.  The reaction of the chief priests and Pharisees was contempt.  The reaction of Nicodemus was one of timidity.  His heart told him to defend Jesus, but his head told him not to take the risk.  There often will come a time when we have to take a stand for Christ and for the gospel.  To stand for Jesus may provoke mockery or unpopularity.  It may even entail hardship, sacrifice, or suffering.  Are you ready to stand for Jesus and to defend the cause of the gospel?

  • Llkazlas

    Where did you come up with this:  “The reaction of Nicodemus was one of timidity.  His heart told him to
    defend Jesus, but his head told him not to take the risk.”

    The scripture today states:  “Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them, “Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?”

    Yes, Nicodemus cared very much about Jesus.  He visited Jesus one night and had a long discussion with him.  He respectfully questioned him and must have come to recognize that Jesus spoke the truth.  Nicodemus was a wise, caring and thoughtful man.  He not only spoke up for Jesus in front of the rest of his peers, the Pharisees, but he also came to Jesus after his death, right in front of everyone.  He wasn’t timid about coming for Jesus’ body and bringing the spices that were needed for his burial. 

    Nicodemus didn’t speak out forcefully in front of his peers, the rest of the Pharisees, but he did state what he thought.  The beautiful thing about Nicodemus’ love for Christ is that it wasn’t all talk.  Nicodemus later backed up his words, with actions that spoke of his deep love for Jesus.  We would all do well to follow his example.

  • Myers-james

     It was Joseph of Arametha (sp) that buried Jesus in his, Joseph’s newly carved tomb.

  • Llkazlas

    Nicodemus brought the burial spices though. John:19:39.

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