Readings: Genesis 12:1-9, Romans 4:1-8, 13-17, John 3:1-17
We received a prayer request card a couple weeks ago from a second grader, and he started with this: “German Shepherd Church is amazing!” That was such a sweet thing to read. It’s great that he found worship amazing and it’s funny that he connected Shepherd in his mind to German Shepherd. Sometimes our mind connects new words and ideas to words and ideas we already know. Jesus was a master, The Master, at this. His Words connected with knowledge His audience already had, whether they were shepherds, farmers, rich men, marginalized women or Pharisees. Jesus used phrases with Nicodemus in John 3 that would connect Nicodemus’ religious knowledge to the Truth of Jesus as the fulfillment of those Scriptures. And then Jesus shared the beautiful promise of eternal love and life in John 3:16. That declaration of the Father’s love connects all believers to Him for eternity, no matter what their frame of reference may be. “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen…” What do we know? What have we seen? How will we testify? Be bold! Our God is awesome and German Shepherd Church is pretty amazing, too.
God’s peace and joy, Tracy