Easter Sunday, 4/5

Today's Reading: Nicodemus – John 3:1-15 & John 19:38-39

Today's Meditation:

You might say that he [Nicodemus] had a feeble beginning. He secretly came to Jesus by night for fear of what others would think. Look at him now. Where are Peter and James? Who knows? Where is the rest of the gang? Hiding.

Where is Nicodemus? Out front and center, saying he will take the body of Jesus. He was a famous and well-known man. But he wanted to stand up for the Lord. We need to think about that. Maybe some of us have not been doing so well spiritually. We might be limping along. The good thing is you can make a recommitment to finish well. You still can try, to the best of your ability, to make up for lost time.

One day, you will take your last breath. You will eat your last meal. You will speak your final words. The apostle Paul recognized this. Knowing his life was coming to a close, he wrote these words:

7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Paul was saying that he finished the race he had begun. Will you be able to say that? If not, you can make a change now. Keep running the race and look to Jesus. Consider what he went through for you. You can go through this for Him. He is the author and finisher of your faith. What God begins, He wants to finish. You need to be working together with Him.

Greg Laurie