Trinity Sunday May 31, 2015
Schooling Nic Not to Forget
I enjoyed school. Lunch, friends, recess, laughter, field trips, pep rallies; class time, studying, questions, and learning; great relationships formed with friends, peers, and school staff! I hope you are, like me, a lifelong learner, especially about the things of God.
In John 3 Jesus is holding class with Nicodemus. The Pharisee, Nic, knows that Jesus is a “rabbi (teacher) who has come from God.” But the questions in this lesson seem to baffle our student. Nic, a teacher, does not understand a new start, a fresh beginning, a being born again from above.
We gather this day to praise the God of love and life, who is always teaching truth and giving light for our path. Today we seek to learn more of how “the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” Our God of amazing grace “so loved the world that he gave.” Our task is to learn of his giving love, so that we ?long lesson of what it means to be a child of God. We are blessed with a sound mind not to forget God’s loving life lessons.
One of the many ministries that our congregation supports is Samaritan’s Purse (SP). A recent issue of their magazine told of Luis, a youngster from Bolivia, who suffered from a congenital heart defect. (My wife and I are grateful parents of two sons, one of whom had heart surgery to save his life before he was a month old. So Luis’s story sprang off the page and into my heart as I read.) SP sheltered young Luis, saw him come to know Jesus as Savior, and brought him to the United States for a heart operation. While here in America, a host family of two Christ-followers, Judy and Chuck, took care of him. Luis said, “I can feel more love. Chuck is the first person in my life who doesn’t forget anything about me.”
If I can have a newborn, loving heart that can be impactful like that in the lives of others, I will rejoice and be fully satisfied. If we can just love, and listen to, and lift up the persons around us, God continues to change his world for the better. I’m listening today, to learn. How about you?
Darrell F. Johnson, pastor, John Heckewelder Memorial Moravian Church, Gnadenhutten, Ohio