05/16/24 Conviction and Good News


One-year plan: 1 Kings 1-2, John 3

Two-year plan: Numbers 21:1-22:21, Mark 10:46-52

I’ve wondered why Nicodemus came to Jesus at night (John 3:2). Maybe it was because nighttime was the best time to get one-on-one time with Jesus. Perhaps it was because he did not want other religious leaders to see him talking to Jesus. Others believe “at night” reflects John’s emphasis on light/darkness, and the “night” suggests Nicodemus was in spiritual darkness. One of my pastoral heroes even suggested that Nicodemus came to Jesus at night because he could not sleep – perhaps because disbelief and questioning kept him awake at night. Perhaps you’ve been there; that is, perhaps you’ve found yourself sleepless and anxious because of your sin.  

Regardless of Nicodemus’ reasoning, however, the good news was still the same: God had sent His Son into the world to bring salvation – and, those who believed in Him could have eternal life. That’s still good news today (so good, in fact, that it’s worth telling our neighbors and the nations)!

PERSONAL REFLECTION: What was conviction like for you when you first turned to Christ?            

PRAYER: “Father, thank You for bringing me into the light.”


One-year plan: 1 Kings 3-4, John 4:1-26

Two-year plan: Numbers 22:22-23:26, Mark 11:1-19          

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