(June 5, 2015)
I am continually struck by the fact that Nicodemus admits that he (and the others in leadership positions) know that Christ was a teacher sent by God. And yet, they stubbornly resisted His teachings and ultimately crucified Him.
It is fine to look at this situation and think to ourselves, “those silly Jews…” or something similar, but the reality is that we need to look at ourselves and see that the same characteristics are in our own lives. Do we know that the Savior is Lord and God over the whole Earth? If so, why are we not following Him better than we are? Isn’t this just the same sort of thing as what the Pharisees were doing?
Just as the Pharisees wanted political power, we have things that we desire as well. And just as the Pharisees were determined to ignore or silence Christ to get what they wanted, we each spend far too much of our lives determined to ignore or silence the Spirit in order to get what we want. We are no different than they were, except we are blessed to still be alive and with the opportunity to repent and change.