For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. John 3:20
Do you know who the conversation was with, when Jesus spoke the words of John 3:16? He was speaking to Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, who came to visit Jesus one night.
I have memorized John 3:16. It is such a beautiful verse of scripture. Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Jesus was speaking to Nicodemus about how to be born again.
I wonder if Nicodemus came to Jesus at night so that no one would see him? How would it look for a ruler, a Pharisee, to acknowledge Jesus privately?
Nicodemus called Jesus, ‘Rabbi’, and said, “We know you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
Jesus told Nicodemus, “Most assuredly; I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Nicodemus is confused, and jokes a little about this, by asking Jesus, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
Jesus answers sincerely, partly by saying, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, “You must be born again.’
Nicodemus is still confused, and says, “How can these things be?”
Then Jesus chides Nicodemus a little, and says, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?”
Jesus used the words of John 3:16 to help Nicodemus know about the way of salvation. That is one of the verses that Jesus used to teach about being born again, and about believing on the Son of God to save us.
But there are many who will not accept Jesus. Some are afraid that their evil deeds will be exposed.
Light that shines in the darkness it exposes the intricate details within.
Jesus is willing to forgive, save, heal, and redeem us. The evil things we have done should bring us to the cross, where we can find the light needed to expose, and cast away the darkness.
Thank You, Lord, for everything You’ve done for us. How wondrous, how marvelous. how merciful You have been to me. Just as Nicodemus came to You in the darkness, and You revealed the light of salvation to him, I pray that You would save the lost, and help us to show sinners the way of salvation through You. In Jesus’s Precious Name, Amen.