Not Enough Hours in the Day

Author: 
Rev. Aaron J. White
Date: 
Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 10:30am

About Sunday's Message:

     There’s a common misconception that all Pharisees were enemies of Jesus. But based on Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus, we can see that there were some who felt drawn to learn from our Lord, even if it was under the cover of night. Jesus teaches him that the kingdom of God would been seen by those who are “born from above.” But Nicodemus struggles to understand what the Rabbi means. So, Jesus tell him that those who believe in him will have eternal life.

     The news that belief is the key to salvation should hardly come as a surprise to Nicodemus, who was a “teacher of Israel.” According to Scripture, even Abraham had never been justified by his own works. In the Letter of Paul to the Romans, Abraham was “reckoned as righteousness” in the sight of God because he trusted in the Lord. We could work from sunrise until sunset, trying to justify ourselves before God, but we’d never see the kingdom. Instead, if we truly desire to be made heirs with Christ, then we must be like Abraham and Sarah, who were led by their faith.

Gospel Lesson: John 3:1-17
Epistle Lesson: Romans 4:1-17

Additional Readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121