Love So Amazing E5
Kate was about to ask Deola about the sad smile she had on her face when the youth pastor began the study proper. He asked everyone to turn their Bibles to the book of John chapter three and someone was told to read verses one to twenty-two aloud. After the Bible reading was done, two people were given the opportunity to explain what they understood in the passage that was just read.
One of the members focused on the man Nicodemus, who was desperately seeking out ‘Jesus’: Nicodemus curiosity about the man who had been ‘wowing’ the people and whose news had become so wildly spread that the people in authority were trying to suppress. It was pointed out that Nicodemus took a great risk as a Jewish leader searching for ‘Jesus’ in a public place when he knew his fellow leaders would frown against such behaviour and linking the story back to the present age where people who desperately looked for ways to fill the emptiness they felt within, went all out to seek answers to satisfy their souls.
Another member pointed out how ignorant Nicodemus was about God’s way despite the fact that he was a Pharisee: Pharisees were seen as people that had a good knowledge of God’s law and His Messiah. This observation was highlighted the Truth in God’s Word that talks about the flesh not being able to understand the things of the Spirit and that an understanding of God’s love only comes through His Spirit.
The leader concluded the study by bringing everyone’s focus back to verse sixteen that talked about God sacrificing His most precious person for His people that He loved. He said, ‘all you need to do is just believe that God actually sent His Son to die for us so that we can have eternal life. Once you believe this is true and confess that you are a sinner, ready to be God’s child, God’s Spirit works within you to make you a new being’. He asked everyone to please bow their heads and prayed that the Holy Spirit shed more light on the Word that had just been shared. The leader then made an altar call: if anyone wanted to give their lives to Christ, they should signify by raising their hands and he would say a word of prayer with them.
The meeting ended with a word of prayer from the youth pastor and the grace shared in fellowship.
The meeting got Deola Akinbowale thinking and she could not help thinking about her family back in Lagos. She remembered her family used to stay in a mini-flat in Ogba, Lagos up until her second year in junior school. She got back home and realised things were different at home. She could not recollect ever experiencing this kind of peace; the kind of peace she felt during that long vacation. There was no screaming at each other from parents, no swearing, no late nights from her father and no weeping from her mother.
To be continued…