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02/16/2011

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Secret Discipleship


"Now there was a man of The Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, 'Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who came from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with Him' " (John 3: 1-2).

The story of Nicodemus is an interesting one that has many aspects to it. The one that I am interested in today is the fact that he came to Jesus under the cloak of darkness. Nicodemus was a high ranking official of the Jewish ruling council...He was a big time Pharisee. There is a good chance that he came to Jesus at night for fear of his position in life. Although today's verse indicates that he believed that Jesus was from God, he wasn't willing allow that belief to be spoken of in the light of day...He was a secret disciple...One problem that stems from being a secret disciple is that one is alone in his belief. He has a beautiful nugget of truth, and nobody to share it with. Another problem that a secret disciple faces is that of fear The risk/reward factor has been considered and the risk has won out. It appears that in Nicodemus' case, if he shared what he believed that he would lose all that he had achieved thus far in life. When Jesus was before Pilate, who didn't understand who He was, Pilate said; "You are a king then"! Jesus could have shied away from that statement but instead he proclaimed; "You are right to say that I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me" (John 12:37). No fear there! Lastly, the secret disciple is confused. "Yet at the same time many, even among the leaders believed in Him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; For they loved praise from men more than praise from God" (John 12: 42-43). Their core beliefs were changed, but they were confused about priorities and could not meet the challenge. Real disciples must never stay in the closet! Real disciples cannot practice their faith in a vacuum or under the veil of darkness...More about this tomorrow...

Have a wonderful day....Let your light shine for HIM.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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