Readings: Genesis 12:1-4a; Ps 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, and; John 3:1-17
This Sunday we will hear the gospel account of the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus.
According to Jesus, even before this religious leader arrives heaven has been speaking into the heart of Nicodemus. Nicodemus introduces himself with “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher come from God, for none can do these sign that you do unless God is with him.” Nicodemus has recognised something in the miracles and signs of Jesus – the very presence of God.
So Jesus declares this insight to be the ‘born from above’ gift of heaven. This teacher does not know everything of Jesus mission – but his eyes are opening to the ‘kingdom of God’.
Our passage piques with what is probably the best know scripture verse in the Bible: ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life’. John believes Nicodemus’ heaven-sourced insight into this wandering preacher holds the key to life eternal.
Nicodemus’ story reminds us that there is rich fruit in following the prompt of God!
Following both services this Sunday we will be watching the first episode of ‘Australians Together: Sharing Our Story’. All are welcome to stay and be a part of this lenten journey.