Skeletons in the closet
(John 3:14-21)
by Pastor Rev. Kevi Meru


In this conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus introduced the lifting up of the brazen serpent recorded in the Torah (Numbers 21:5-9). Nicodemus may be startled by the need to be born again, but he will have no problem understanding the concept of the brazen serpent. Jesus must have shared the same story in the post-resurrection walk to Emmaus (Luke 24:25-27). It served as a preface to the most sublime verse in scripture: John 3:16 --- someone called it a mini Bible in one verse. God is love!

The penalty for sin has been paid on the cross. Now anyone bitten by snakes (sin) and in need of relief need only to look at the cross. Since the world was already under the judgment of sin, the coming of Jesus was to bring redemption. But some refuse to avail of this salvation because they "loved darkness rather than light" (v.19). Because they hate the light, preferring to keep their skeletons in the closet (v.20). Blessed are those who have come to the light! (v.21).

Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Jesus extended grace to the woman at the well (John 4) and the woman caught in the act (John 8). Light has come and the skeletons of shame and disgrace disappeared for these two women. Grace! 

"... at the time when kings go out to battle.... David stayed at Jerusalem" (2 Samuel 11:1). 

At this point in time, David is at the pinnacle of his career. Saul his persecutor had been death for over 7 years and the kingdom of Israel is unified and securely under him; David's headquarters is moved from Hebron to Jerusalem the capital; the Ark of the Covenant is moved to Jerusalem; and his enemies are on the run. 

Congratulations, David, you have arrived - well, almost. Mighty as one may be in the Lord, on earth no one fully arrives (Phil. 3:14; 1 Cor. 9:24-27). In the midst of achievements and leisure, David lets down his guard and falls prey to temptation (1 Cor. 10:12). He commits adultery. 

To cover up, David plots to have Uriah the rightful husband of Bathsheba murdered, and succeeded. Problem solved and case closed, he thought. Another congratulations? Not so according to God who is observing all these shenanigan. God confronts and exposes David. The latter repents. 

David is forgiven - O the mercies of God! Patient and loving. Are there skeletons in your closet? Repent and enter into fellowship with David in Psalm 51.