DAY TWO: JESUS IS WONDERFUL COUNSELOR
Jesus is a Wonderful Counselor. He is not mainly concerned with outward appearance; He cares about what happens inside our hearts.
Today we will learn about Nicodemus and the rich, young ruler. Both realized that they needed something that they did not have. The two men came to Jesus with questions. They both watched Jesus, saw the miracles He performed and were curious about His teaching.
Jesus told them that their status, possessions and abilities could not save them. Jesus’ answers to their questions revealed that we need to be born again and to follow Him as Lord of our lives.
Here is the portion of the Bible from 2 Timothy 3:14-17 that we learned today.
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”
Today, we discovered, in the drama, that God can stir our hearts when we spend time with Him reading His Word, The Bible. God’s word refreshes our soul, gives us joy and helps us understand life. This is why His words are more precious than gold.
- Both Nicodemus and the Rich Young Ruler saw Jesus perform miracles and realized that He had something that they did not have, and could not get on their own.
- Jesus said that He came to save the world, not to condemn it.
- Jesus told Nicodemus that he must be born again, something that cannot be seen.
- Jesus told the Rich Young Ruler that his things and abilities were not enough—Jesus wanted the Rich Young Ruler to follow Him.
Sylvester Sleuth tries to figure out the meaning of some very strange dreams, and continues looking at the evidence surrounding Jesus, particularly His role as “Wonderful Counselor.”
Going back to John 3:2 and Mark 10:17-22, what evidence have we found about who Jesus is?
- Jesus has something that we need but cannot get on our own.
- Jesus came to save the world, not condemn it. What does being saved mean?
- We must be born again to inherit eternal life.
- We must be willing to give up everything to follow Jesus. How do you respond to Jesus’ invitation to “Come, follow me”?