Journey to the Cross
Be present here.
Be open to possibilities.
Be attentive to the Spirit.
Be renewed by God’s amazing grace.
Be encouraged for the unfolding journey ahead.
Nicodemus said, “How are these things possible?”
Jesus answered, “You are a teacher of Israel and you don’t know these things? I assure you that we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but you don’t receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?”
“You can’t know what you don’t know, until you know it.
But once you know it, you can’t not know it.”
I was introduced to these words by Rev. Dr. Curran Reichert who was leading a conference workshop I attended years ago. Look at the words again and take your time as you read through. “You can’t know what you don’t know…” We don’t know what we haven’t learned, been taught, or experienced. Until we do. What do we do with new insights and fresh understanding? Are we ready to receive it?
Jesus simultaneously seems to question and prepare Nicodemus that he hasn’t heard anything yet. It’s one thing to attain knowledge about what we can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell; it’s another to learn about the heavenly things that Jesus wants us to know.
“Once we know it…” we will not be able to forget it.
Dear God, help me learn more about you and your will so that it may indeed be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Go in peace.
Go follow the Spirit.
Go, prepared to begin again.
Go, knowing Christ goes with you.
Go in the embrace of God’s grace.