iWitness: Nicodemus
Jesse Enniss   -  

Lent has begun, the 40 days (excluding Sundays) of preparation before Easter. During this season, we will explore some of the eyewitnesses to the cross, including some of the very first evangelists. Through their examples, we’ll learn more about what it means to be a witness for Christ and his Good News.

Last week, we explored Judas, the disciple of Jesus who infamously betrayed him. This week, we turn to Nicodemus, a member of the ruling council to which Judas turned when he betrayed Jesus. But Nicodemus is a bit unlike the other members of the council. Associate Pastor Jesse Enniss leads us as we explore Nicodemus’ curiosity and his eventual journey out of the darkness of the night and into the light.

Sermon Reflections:

  1. In the story of Nicodemus, how does the concept of “light vs. darkness” play out? Explore how this is used metaphorically and how it connects to the themes of faith and following God.
  2. Personal transformation is important. How do you connect Nicodemus’ encounter with Jesus to the idea of being “born again”? What actions or behaviors might this transformation involve?
  3. There is an extrabiblical tradition of Nicodemus being ostracized for his beliefs. How does this connect to the broader message about overcoming fear and choosing the light? What personal challenges might people face in following their beliefs when it goes against the norm?
  4. Connect the concept of Lent, mentioned at the end of the sermon, to the themes of the passage. How does the story of Nicodemus illustrate the ongoing journey of faith and personal growth?