Nicodemus has become one of my favorite stories in the New Testament. His story stretches across the entire Gospel of John, and we see just enough of him to understand that he is on a journey to get closer to Jesus. In fact, his journey is not unlike many that I see in our Church.
It would be easy to read this snippet of John 7 and gloss right past what happens with Nicodemus. After all, it is not deep or profound. He doesn’t declare faith in Jesus. He doesn’t have a epiphany of faith. He doesn’t leave the Pharisees and become a Disciple. He doesn’t even really make a strong defense of Jesus at all. But he does make a defense, and no matter how small it seems from the outside looking in, that is a huge moment from the inside looking out. That moment changed his heart.
There is tremendous power in “one step.” Jesus never required people to have all of the answers before they started following Him. He allowed people to start where they were and even watch from a distance. But eventually, we all have to make a move. For all of us, there comes a day of decision – a day when you have to decide, do I want to identify myself with Jesus. Do I trust Him? Do I believe He is who He said He is?
And if you do, you need to respond to the light that you’ve seen and take a step out of the shadows. And then another. What you will find in that place is that you see things as you’ve never seen them, and you experience God as you’ve never experienced Him.
Why not take one step closer. If you’ve seen enough to know that Christ is trustworthy, and you believe that He alone holds the words of truth, take one step towards Him this week and see what happens.