“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
Sermon Them: What do you believe?
Today’s Gospel lesson finds Nicodemus, a Pharisee visiting Jesus after dark. It seems that Nicodemus wanted to believe that Jesus was the Son of God, but he was struggling. We are no different than Nicodemus, as we also often struggle with our beliefs, especially concerning our faith. The Lenten season is made for those who struggle with their faith, a time to try to understand how God is working in our lives. We remember the struggles of Jesus as he was rejected, betrayed, denied, beaten and crucified. We need to struggle with our doubts and our faith knowing that God is with us every step of the way up until that final day of Resurrection.
Traditional Hymn of the Day: We Are Baptized in Christ Jesus
Our hymn reminds us that we are born from above in our Baptisms. We join Jesus at the foot of cross, experiencing both Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
What informs your faith? What is your authority?
What beliefs make you a Lutheran Christian?
How do you resolve those “disbeliefs”?
Is it possible to belong to a faith community of believers that sometimes need to agree to disagree on certain beliefs?