Thoughts: If asked what their favorite Bible verse is, many people would reply, “John 3:16,” and they could quote it verbatim.
Fewer of us would know that this beloved and exquisite verse was part of Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus.
Nicodemus was a member of the Sanhedrin. Only John records his nocturnal visit to Jesus. Later, when the chief priests tried to arrest Jesus, Nicodemus defended him, asking, “Doth our law judge any man before it hear him, and know what he doeth?”
And finally, Nicodemus assisted Joseph of Arimathea in his burial of Jesus. Nicodemus brought 100 pounds of mingled aloe and myrrh to anoint Jesus’ body. He helped Joseh wrap the body in fine linen and place it in Joseph’s garden tomb.
Discussion: Nicodemus held a position of influence. How do we use our influence?
Activity: What symbolic mixture of aloe and myrrh do we have to comfort others?
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