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John's Gospel- a new look-no 11Raising Lazarus
Jn.7:45-52 Nicodemus in defence of Jesus.
Nicodemus came to Jesus by night as John recorded in the third chapter. Now as the opposition to Jesus becomes more aggressive he challenges the chief priests and the Pharisees on a point of law. “According to our law we cannot condemn someone without a fair hearing.” Actually they did not care about the law then and they did not care later when they had Jesus put to death. Their minds had already been made up and so the evidence that was plain to see had no bearing on the situation.
Today many have to same attitude. “Don’t confuse me with the facts”, their attitude and lives proclaim, “I have already made up my mind!” The challenge in this Gospel is rather to consider the evidence as Nicodemus did. An open minded examination of the facts will bring the person today to see that this man Jesus was who claimed to be.
When the Festival of Tabernacles (Shelters) was celebrated a bowl of water was brought into the temple to remind the people how God took care of Israel in the wilderness. Now Jesus proclaims to be “the living water.” He invites people then and now, “whoever is thirsty should come to me and drink” (Jn.7:37). Many today are thirsty indeed; if only they would come to the fountain of life?