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Let Jesus Change You

As we seek Him today, let what you have learned from and about Jesus actually affect who you are and what you do.


Our verse for today comes from John 3:2, ” This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, ‘Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.’ “


Common Core. There was a time within the last few years when little would get a parent as riled up concerning their kids as the mention of the new standards of education referred to as Common Core. Since they were adopted by states five or so years ago, parents have had to make a significant adjustment as to what and how their kids are learning in school. Where parents thought they knew particulars of math and language arts, they were now realizing that they were ill-equipped to help in the modern education of some of the basics, for methods on simple addition and subtraction problems were totally foreign to them, and to many, quite cumbersome and illogical. What they thought they knew wasn’t as evident as it once seemed to them. Nicodemus came to Jesus as a respected and influential Pharisee. He, and perhaps other like him, recognized that Jesus was something more than a teacher blessed with uncommon wisdom and insight. He says, definitively, that they know He is a teacher come from God. But what they thought they knew was something far from the truth. For Jesus immediately went for the jugular, exposing Nicodemus for his lack of understanding of God’s Word and ways. He implied that whatever Nicodemus did know, it was far from what he should know. He had surely espoused the teachings of his rabbinical mentors, but he was ignorant to the truths of God. He knew many things, but he had learned mostly nothing.


I have heard recently of too many instances of believers not acting like followers of Jesus. Some will talk about others, but somehow that’s not gossip. Some can’t get along with others, but that’s not a lack of unity and oneness. Some worship when it’s not inconvenient, but that’s not putting other gods before Him. They know things, but they haven’t learned. For all Nicodemus knew, Jesus said he still needed to be born again to see God’s kingdom. That’s some real, sobering education that others just might need.


As we seek Him today, let what you have learned from and about Jesus actually affect who you are and what you do.

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