Tuesday, 15 April 2014

ABC Wednesday, N for Nicodemus

 In this week, which we call Holy week includes Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday), Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.


Saint Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin. Nicodemus, according to the Gospel of John, showed favour to Jesus. He appears three times in John. Nicodemus visits Jesus one night to discuss his teachings with him.(John 3:1–21); The second time Nicodemus is mentioned, is when he states the law concerning the arrest of Jesus during the Feast of Unleavened Bread (John 7:45–51). The last time Nicodemus appears in the Bible is Crucifixion, when he assists Joseph of Arimathea in preparing the corpse of Jesus for burial.(John 19:39–42)


                            And there came also Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds in weight.

40 Then took they the body of Jesus and wound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the manner of the Jews for burial.

Jesus and Nicodemus (John 3:1-21)


1 Now there came a man of the Pharisees whose name was Nicodemus, a member of the council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could do the miraculous signs that you do unless God were with him.”

3 Jesus replied, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”




4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time, can he?


5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 


With thanks to Denise Nesbitt,  who created ABC, and Roger, who took over from her. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with N


18 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Great post for the day, Wil, as always!! Wishing you a very Happy Easter!!

Cloudia said...

Truly spiritual post, Wil

Thank you




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Roger Owen Green said...

My father used to sing a song My Lord's Gonna Move This Wicked Race. And one verse was
Nicodemus, he desired to know
How can a man be born again.

Lots of repeating text, as is often the case in call-and-response songs.

Ananya Tales said...

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Leslie: said...

Wonderful reminder for the season.

Leslie
abcw team

ellen b. said...

Nicodemus has always intrigued me. Great choice for N, especially during this great week of reflection on Jesus Christ...

Carver said...

Interesting post and great choice for today. Carver, ABCW-T

Nabanita said...

Wish you Happy Easter in advance...

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Ann said...

Perfect for the letter N. What a wise man Nicodemus was!!!!!
Ann

Hildred said...

A very thoughtful post, Wil - Nicodemus asked the right questions.

AmitAag said...

Great timing, Wil! Wonderful post:)
http://amitaag.blogspot.in/2014/04/nirvana.html

Sushma Harish said...

This piece was information for me.

Kate said...

You certainly know your biblical history!

Indrani said...

So perfect for the occasion now!
Happy ABCW!

Norma Ruttan said...

each time I read the scripture telling the weight of the myrrh and aloes, I wonder how on earth did an old man carry it!

Pat - Arkansas said...

Firs...Your header photo is glorious!

Thanks for the wonderful post and info about Nicodemus.

Rajesh said...

Wonderfully written. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

Great selection and very timely for the season. I have never done Nicodemus before. He really took quite a risk being part of the Sanhedrin when you think about it.