Jesus Blows Nic’s Mind

Nicodemus Is Blown Away

Nicodemus, a Pharisee, a member of the Sanhedrin, a learned teacher of the law, and a ruler of the Jews, has a divine appointment. Under the cover of darkness he visits Jesus to ask a crucial question, which he asks in the form of a statement: “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.” Jesus’ answer turns him inside-out: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Nicodemus cannot comprehend “Born again.” Dr. John Hayden explains in Word From the Word: Jesus uses a word with a double meaning. When He says, “You must be born again” He was actually saying, “You must be born from above.”

But “born again” and “born from above” mean the same thing. Moot point. But I understand Nicodemus’ confusion. Double-entendres can be confusing.

This divine dialogue continues throughout John 3:2-14, and at precisely the right moment, Jesus compares the Holy Spirit to the wind. It is a mind blowing read. And just think, If the Holy Spirit quickens Nicodemus’ spirit (or yours, for that matter), wouldn’t you be blown away?

Nicodemus appears two more times in the New Testament: after the Crucifixion he provides embalming spices for Jesus’ body, and a little while later he helps Joseph of Arimathea prepare Jesus’s body for the burial tomb.

I leave you with Like the Wind, a mind-numbing haiku for you today.

-dbl

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In Perpetuum

What does that mean, “In Perpetuum”? It is something that will go on forever. See links below for a reference to (and an example of) the best way we can live our lives.   Continue reading

Aquellos Ojos Verdes

Happy Birthday, Dawn! I’m so grateful for you on so many levels. You are truly the best woman God could have found for me! I hope you have a fabulous birthday and many more to come.

You have your own song, Green Eyes, which Cold Play dedicated to you. And now you have your own haiku, a tribute to your beauty and your life. The Lord blessed this broken world with your kindness and generosity. I’m certain that everybody who knows you would agree. I hope you enjoy “Aquellos Ojos Verdes.” And again, happy birthday, my love!

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2nd Day of Christmas: Feast of St. Stephen Haiku

The story of the stoning of Stephen may be found in Acts 6 & 7.  He was among the first deacons ordained by the 12 Apostles. He was a man after God’s own heart, an evangelist, an erudite theological historian (an influential speaker), a man of great courage, and he was martyred for speaking the truth. In the Catholic, Lutheran, and Anglican traditions, he is celebrated in the Feast of St. Stephen on the second day of Christmastide.

I am impressed by Stephen’s knowledge of biblical history, his final great sermon, and the courage he displayed before the false accusers who stoned him to death. See the link above for the whole story.

I have penned a haiku which commemorates Stephen’s life. May all glory go to God.

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