Prayer: Gracious Lord, thank you for all you have given us. We especially thank you for your Son who was sent to earth to save us. May we spread the news of this salvation to all. Amen.
Reading: John 3: 1-17 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Nicodemus was a Pharisee that wanted to understand who Jesus was, but he had to hide his interest from other Jewish leaders. Nicodemus was a faithful Jew, but also a searcher and scholar. Jesus responded to his questions honestly and with great depth. We can learn from Nicodemus and ask questions also. We are still being faithful and true to God. I believe questioning is how we can make our faith grow so we should not be afraid of questions. If Nicodemus did not seek out Jesus to question him then we would not have gotten the famous verse John 3:16. It is also helpful to follow that up with the next verse too. So I leave you with this: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
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