Teaching Conversation

Friends enjoying coffee togetherI love engaging in conversation with others. I love hearing their perspective most of the time. I really like their opinions as long as they agree with mine. :-) I think conversations are great ways to learn and gain insight into all sorts of topics and ideas.  Jesus taught with stories known as parables, but He taught one of His most profound teachings in a conversation.  The conversation is between a Pharisee, a teacher of the law and Jesus. It’s a private conversation, not open to the crowd. The Pharisee, was Nicodemus, and he really wanted to learn the truth about what Jesus was teaching. Check this out…

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. (John 3:16-21 NIV)

 Jesus gave this man incredible insight into why He came and the situation into which He came. This “teaching conversation” turned into one of the most quoted passages of the Bible. Jesus was teaching about the heart of the Father through a private conversation with a teacher of the law. This warms my heart to Nicodemus, who really seeks out Jesus to understand His teachings and process it. I’m sure He had seen the conflict between the teachers of the law and Jesus. Nicodemus comes at the end of the day for some backstory from Jesus and gets the real big story about God’s amazing love.  I want my conversations to be rich with God’s love. I want to have more conversations with the Lord to get to know His heart even more.

Pressing On!

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