Words from the Heart for Friday November 13th, 2020
Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?
John 3:11-12 (NIV)
Strathcona Provincial Park, designated in 1911, is the oldest provincial park in British Columbia. Located almost in the centre of Vancouver Island, Strathcona Park is a rugged mountain wilderness comprising more than 250,000 hectares. Mountain peaks – some perpetually mantled with snow – dominate the park. Lakes and alpine tarns dot a landscape laced with rivers, creeks and streams. Summer in Strathcona is usually pleasantly warm, while winters are fairly mild except for the higher levels, where heavy snowfalls are the norm. It has been called heaven on earth.
Jesus loved to tell parables – earthly stories with heavenly meaning. In His discussion with Nicodemus, He had tried to explain what it meant to be born again. As usual, He used earthly illustrations to try to teach a spiritual truth. But Nicodemus, whom Jesus describes as a teacher of Israel, didn’t get it. He had put his faith and trust in his religion, not realizing that in spite of being a part of God’s chosen people, he still needed to have his heart of stone replaced with a heart of flesh. Jesus would say to him in John 3:11-12: “Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?” When we place our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, He transforms everything in our lives. We begin to think in terms of eternity, and spiritual things come to the forefront of our minds. It’s a sure sign that we have been truly born again.
These have been words from the heart.