It’s tough hearing God’s “no,” especially when it doesn’t sound like protection, only prevention. Such is what King David might have thought when he was denied building the Temple. Enduring God’s “no’s,” however, is made possible only by realizing and recognizing that he has already given us the ultimate “yes.”
One of the most famous verses in the entire Bible comes from John 3 and Jesus’s dialogue with the Pharisee, Nicodemus. Though the verse, John 3:16, has almost become common parlance in certain spheres, the true import and lasting effects of Jesus’s conversation have largely gone unnoticed. What happened to Nicodemus after his twilight talk with Christ? Look no further than the rest of John’s Gospel.