Poor old Nicodemus! Life has taught him to rely only on externals. If you get to sit at the top table, dress well, have time to polish the outside of the cup and be treated as special, and a little better than everyone else, you've got it made! But the internal will not be ignored. Like a child in need, calling day and night until her need is met.
Under cover of darkness, he moves hungrily towards the Teacher of the World. The Teacher tries to move his gaze to
the inside, but nothing in his experience can let this happen. Jesus suggests he spends some time in the company of the wind to loosen him up a bit.
Watching Nicodemus wrestling with God might allow us the chance to be more open to the Master. Others claim to have ascended to heaven, and without fail the teaching they return with is about judgement and condemnation. But the Son of Man only descends with a graciousness that is hard to take in at first.
We are all bitten by losses and death. The Son of Man comes down and becomes death. Lifted up so all can see Him. Like a poultice, he draws the toxin and hurt from our hearts, for all who gaze upon Him. And seeing the beautiful truth they could never have imagined, they begin to believe, to risk their heart to the One who enters human life at the exact point where life has failed us. He kisses all who must go through the dark door and holds them till their eyes open on the other side.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who (gives their heart) to Him may not
perish but may have eternal life! Indeed, God did not send His Beloved Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that through Him the world might be made safe"
So there it is! God is Love. And in Love He sends his Beloved Son to enter human death and carry us beyond it!
In Christ there is NO condemnation. This sentence will give light to even the most darkened of places and awaken us to the true movement of the Holy Spirit in whom we live, move and have our being. Perhaps that is why the Eastern image of the Spirit is neither fire nor dove. They speak only of the eternal kiss.