Monday: 29th April, 2019
Reference text: John 3:1-8
John 3:1-2 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 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.”
Nicodemus, described in the Gospel of John, was a very high ranking Jewish official with significant influence religiously, politically and academically.
As a member of the Sanhedrin, his role as one description I read suggested, can be described as the modern equivalent of three Ps: a politician, a priest and a professor all rolled into one portfolio. Thus, we can very easily infer that he had a seat at the high table and a say in the big issues of his time.
Consequently, the amount of power that came with his position was one that could easily predispose the wielder to becoming haughty, proud and even see many others as inferior. But the man we read about used the cover of darkness to meet Jesus and by referring to Him as ‘Rabbi’, submitted to His authority as a teacher.
Just last night, I heard something that indicated ‘one needs to be careful when dealing with those who have no authority figures over them but are a law to themselves.’ This is important because there is clear and present danger when one begins to see themselves as over and above everyone and everything else. Above all moral guidelines, relationship principles and authority.
My dear, extreme power does not suggest one cannot submit to teaching and receiving knowledge under the feet of others. I submit to you today that there are some lessons in life you will never get the chance to learn regardless of the amount of authority you wield unless you submit to being taught. And that submission in itself is a lifelong trait that will take you places.