Our scripture this week is John 3:1-17.
“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?”
Jesus used many different things to teach us about the Kingdom of Heaven. He knew we would not understand how Heaven really is because we can’t comprehend its glory and majesty. Often He told us “the Kingdom of Heaven is like…” and used an earthly example to try to help us envision it.
Now speaking to Nicodemus, He underscores that point in verse 12 “I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?” Jesus wants us to know what the kingdom of heaven is like, but He knows we can’t take it all in at once.
Listen to what the Lord has to share with us and don’t try to run ahead. Jesus knows our capabilities and our limitations. Listen to the earthly examples we can relate to and as we learn and grow, we will better understand the blessings of Heaven in store for us.
Loving Lord, our understanding is never complete, but You continue to reach out to us in Your love and care. Help us to pay attention to Your word and the plans You have for us to be Your representatives. Amen.