Are you familiar with the song:
Have a little talk with Jesus.
Tell him all about your troubles.
He will hear your faintest cry
And He will answer by and by
Feel a little prayer wheel turnin'
And you know a little fire is burnin'
Just a little talk with Jesus makes it right.
I like that song. I cannot tell you how many times I have sung that song and a few of its verses in public and in private throughout my life. I like that song. I am so encouraged to know that I can talk to my Savior at anytime of any day, in any place, using any words that I need to use that best convey the sentiments of my heart, and Jesus cares.
That is one of the reasons why I talk to Him. Jesus cares. I really do believe that Jesus loves ME and cares about ME [and everyone else too] and so I have a lot of little talks with Jesus.
Since I talk to Jesus about a lot of different people, places, and things, I have often wondered if Jesus can keep a secret.
Friends, I do not know what kind of things you talk to Jesus about but the way my Jesus chats are set up, nothing is off limits. Nothing and Nobody.... and because I choose to be so transparent with my prayer life, I need to know if Jesus can keep a secret. I am sitting here shaking my head at all the details I have shared with my Lord and how the Lord has been a steady presence in my life as I take seriously the Pauline instruction to pray without ceasing. My Lord, the details! I have needed to be reassured that Jesus can keep my secrets more than a few times.
I think that is how our friend Nicodemus felt when he went to Jesus in the cover of dark. While everyone was probably sleeping, he was sneaking to have a little talk with Jesus.
There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a Jewish leader. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one could do these miraculous signs that you do unless God is with him.” [John 3:1-2]
Jesus, can you keep a secret?
In those days, those words should not have gone together but the Gospel writer lets us know that even in the Bible, people were having chats with Jesus that nobody else knew about. Honestly, I wonder how John even got this story. I know the disciples were close and he considered himself the beloved, so maybe he heard Jesus get up in the night and followed him. Maybe John woke up to use the bathroom and saw Jesus leaving the place where they resided and for his own protection, John followed him. Maybe Nicodemus told John the story after Jesus death. I do not know and I am not about to do any deeper research to figure it out. The point is this. A man who was supposed to be an adversary of Jesus had a talk with Jesus at a time that was probably easier for him to hide and not get caught.
Nicodemus went to Jesus at night.
The Pharisee went to the Savior.
They had a little talk.
And over the next few blog posts we will reflect on that conversation but I had to begin this series by acknowledging that this conversation was one of those that probably was not supposed to happen.
But I love it because Jesus probably had plenty of chats with people that others thought he was not supposed to talk to at times that were not convenient for the crowds to hear and in places the details for which we may never have the privilege of knowing. I believe that at this point in the life and ministry of Jesus, Nicodemus had witnessed something about this man that made him question the perspectives, strategies, and plots of his fellow brethren. He needed answers that only Jesus could give to him. So, he went to Jesus at the time that was most convenient and the least threatening for him. Let's keep it real. We ALL have things we do not want anyone else knowing that we have talked to Jesus about. Those secret prayer requests are NOT the ones you put on the church prayer lists. Those kinds of conversations happen in the privacy of your own home and heart... sometimes as late as possible to ensure that the brightness of the sun does not expose your darkest truths. You have secrets. Secret prayers. Secret sins. Secret dreams. Secrets. And you need to know that Jesus will keep them.
YES. He Will. Jesus will keep your secrets.
Be clear that exposure of your secrets may come in nuanced ways for the blessing and benefit of your own personal growth or for that of the Kingdom but you will be ready. I mean, look, we are reading about Nicodemus "secret" meeting, aren't we? You will be ready more than you think that you are. But until the appointed time, Jesus can keep your secrets.
Jesus can keep your secrets.
And I am so very glad that he has kept plenty of mine.
God LOVES You and I Do Too!!!
Blessings, Glory, and Sunshine!!!
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