APRIL 13. EASTER. WK 2. TUES. JN.3 7-15
Updated: Apr 13
Jesus said to Nicodemus:
‘Do not be surprised when I say:
You must be born from above.
The wind blows wherever it pleases;
you hear its sound,
but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.
That is how it is with all who are born of the Spirit.’
‘How can that be possible?’ asked Nicodemus. ‘You, a teacher in Israel, and you do not know these things!’ replied Jesus.
‘I tell you most solemnly,
we speak only about what we know
and witness only to what we have seen
and yet you people reject our evidence.
If you do not believe me when I speak about things in this world,
how are you going to believe me when I speak to you about heavenly things?
No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who came down from heaven,
the Son of Man who is in heaven;
and the Son of Man must be lifted up
as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.’
In today’s Gospel Jesus highlights some fundamental truths for Nicodemus; - who was genuinely seeking for the truth.
First and foremost, he made it clear; - when he said he was witnessing “to what we have seen”; - that he had come from heaven, and he was God! This was a core truth on which everything Jesus taught and did was based; - and he had to make this clear!
Another truth he was highlighting was, because he was God, and had come from Heaven, he was introducing a new way of life. Previously, a man of God had to be “from the line of Abraham”; - as that was what the “old” Law stipulated.
Now, the “new” law was a person had to be baptised with water, and so “receivethe Spirit” via the Sacrament of Baptism. This was a new requirement from God, that required Faith in Christ; - “the one who came down from heaven; - the Son of Man who is in heaven.”
This was a radical change. Previously one could demonstrate descent from Abraham by one’s parental line, but this was now being removed and replaced with a requirement to have Faith in Jesus Christ, his teachings, and the receipt of “the spirit” via Baptism.
Christ described the need for Faith when he said, “The wind blows wherever it pleases; you hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. That is how it is with all who are born of the Spirit.’ It requires one to believe in “the Spirit from above.”
There was now a need to demonstrate these teachings were “from above”, and this would be happen when Christ was “lifted up” on the Cross; - after which he would “rise again!”