Nicodemus – John 3:1-21
I have often discovered in myself and others the tendency to view fallible biblical figures like Nicodemus, or Peter or Judas, as foils against which we contrast ourselves to our advantage! “Nicodemus walked away from Jesus, I would have asked to be baptized then and there! Peter denied Jesus, I would have courageously stood up for my Lord! Judas betrayed Jesus, never ever would I be tempted by my own disappointed hopes, or money, or fame to do such a thing.” I believe that we learn more when we try to connect with these characters in their moments of challenge. After all, they and we, then and now, are broken people being transformed into agents of grace only by the abundant love and life-giving generosity of God-in-Christ!
Rev. Kristin Luana Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA.
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