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Witnessing to Others

John 3:1-2

1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgIn our recent sermon series we have been talking about evangelism – about our witnessing. How well do we believe we witness Jesus to others? Are we afraid to speak up? Are we not comfortable telling others about Jesus? Are we not learned enough – we think?

Do you remember Nicodemus? He was the Pharisee who came to Jesus at night. Did he come at night because he didn’t want others to know he was curious about Jesus or because of the crowds during the day? Let’s read today’s passage again.

John 3:1-2 – 1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

Maybe some clarity is shown by this next passage. Nicodemus was hanging around with Joseph who didn’t want others to know he was a follower of Jesus.

John 19:38-42 – 38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. 39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. 40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

Are we sometimes fearful of others like Joseph and Nicodemus? Yet these two were brave enough to approach the authorities and ask for Jesus’ body after he had died while others hid. Are we willing to stick our necks out for Jesus?

Are there times when w are unsure of whether we want others to know we follow Jesus? Are there times we are brave enough to step out and to be counted as a follower of Jesus? Telling our story is not always easy – but it is what we are called to do!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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September 24, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , ,

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