John 3:1-2

I can always learn more. It doesn’t matter how much I know about a subject. Even if I’m recognized as knowledgeable, especially if I’m recognized as such, I have more to learn. That old maxim of “the more you know, the more you know that you don’t know,” is true. So what if you’re one of the acknowledged experts about something? There’s still more to learn. 

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” – John 3:1-2, ESV

Nicodemus was both a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin. We learn in verse 10 that Jesus knew him as a teacher of the Law. It’s the same word, teacher, as in Luke 2:46, where Jesus remained back at the temple as a young boy. If anyone was an expert, it was Nicodemus. Still, he had questions, earnest ones, and came to Jesus with them. 

There’s always been a lot of discussion over why Nicodemus came by night. Was he scared of what others might have thought? Was this the only time he could get out to see Jesus? The Bible isn’t clear. What is clear is that he came to see Jesus with his questions. Let’s focus on that. 

Don’t be afraid to ask questions about what you don’t know. Whether we are asking God or man, continuing in ignorance is not a Scripturally supportable position. Nicodemus is a good example for us here, even if we are learned about a subject. There’s always someone who knows something we don’t. Spiritually, that’s the Holy Spirit who is our teacher and our guide. He used the Word to instruct us. 

What is it that you know you should know more about? Biblically, spiritually, this is an especially important question to consider. Ignorance of God’s Word and of His ways is unacceptable. This is, of course, of primary importance. But it’s not the only area we should be concerned. Let us be like Nicodemus, not worrying about what others might think, and let us ask our questions and learn. 

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