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Letter Nine

Imagine you were one of the women followers of Jesus during his three-year ministry on earth. What would it be like as you heard his teachings, walked by his side, and watched his ministry?

Dear sister,

Do you remember when we would see the religious leaders at the temple and wish we had the knowledge about God that they possess? As children, we even would pretend that one of us was a Pharisee and the other would be his student. Well sister, I am getting a whole new feeling about these men. Their attitude towards Jesus is very arrogant.

Even after they see the miracles he performs, they are skeptical.

They act as if they are superior to all of us. On the other hand, Jesus has such a kind, humble, and generous spirit. Yes, I know that in my last letter I spoke of him overturning the tables of the vendors. But I have really come to see that this was because He loves and respects the Father so much. He will not tolerate hypocrisy or disregard for God.

Whereas the Pharisees walk right past the sick, Jesus will reach out and touch them, pray for them, and heal them. The Pharisees ignore the children or scold them for their playful chatter. But Jesus puts them in his lap and tells them wonderful stories from our Scriptures. The Pharisees look down at the poor, whereas Jesus gives his own food to feed them. He treats them with the same respect that we might treat a Prince.

Though the Pharisees are collectively teaming up against Jesus, one of them secretly came last night to learn more about him. His name is Nicodemus and he is a member of the ruling council. Unlike the others, he did not seem to come to criticize Jesus, but rather to learn from him. He confessed that the miracles Jesus performs convinced him that our Master has come from God. The conversation became very interesting when Jesus told Nicodemus that one must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God. Of course, Nicodemus inquired how one could reenter his mother’s womb to be reborn. Jesus spoke of how the first birth is our natural one in which we are physically born, but our second birth is a spiritual one in which we are born of the Spirit.

I admit that I do not fully understand our Master’s meaning, and yet I can feel my own spirit coming alive the longer I spend time with Jesus. Truly, I feel the Spirit’s presence when I am around him.

Our Teacher spoke of how God sent His Son into the world and that when we believe in the Son, we will have eternal life. Do you remember that I told you that when Jesus was baptized by John that a dove came down on him and the voice of God was spoken in which He called Jesus His Son? Sister, Jesus is telling us that if we believe in him, we will have eternal life! He is a gift from the Father so that we will not eternally perish, but rather have life forever in the Presence of God. I can see that there is no greater place that I can be than in the presence of the Master! Sister, I must go cook breakfast for the disciples, but I will write more soon.

So glad to share all this good news with you,

your Big Sister

Today’s Bible Reading: John 3:1-21

Today’s Application:

  1. After reading John 3:1-21, what do you think it means to be born again?

  2. If you have never placed your trust in Jesus Christ to be your Savior and Lord, pray and ask Him to forgive your sins and give you eternal life.

  3. Thank God that you are born again and will spend eternity in His presence.

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