Jesus said, “You’re absolutely right. Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above, it’s not possible to see what I’m pointing to—to God’s kingdom.” John 3:3 (MSG)
He pulled his cloak tightly around his body and headed out the door, looking both ways, left and right, thankful that the darkness made him not much more than a shadow and cleared the streets for him to walk them alone.
At least, that’s what he told himself. “I have to go in the dead of night. It’s more practical. No Crowds, more time, less waiting.”
Yes, that was it.
And yes, he was ignoring that ’tap on the shoulder’ from within that whispered the truth that he didn’t want to be seen, he didn’t want to have to explain himself to his peers, and he didn’t want to face what was happening in him just yet. He didn’t want to tell the council – the men he had grown with, served with, broken bread with – of the doubt and ache within his soul that he could no longer satisfy.