Friday, March 17

John 3:1-15 (ESV)

1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.  This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”  Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old?  Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”  Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’  The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.  So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”  10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things?  11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony.  12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?  13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.  14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

Nicodemus, a ruling member of the Jewish council and a Pharisee came at night seeking to meet with Jesus for fear he might be seen by fellow members of the Sanhedrin who considered Jesus a threat to their authority.  So what drew Nic out at night to seek Jesus in face of disapproval of his peers?  He saw something different in this Rabbi.  Jesus immediately tells Nicodemus “unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  This is not a command for just Nicodemus but to be “born again is a universal for all to enter the Kingdom of God.  Nicodemus couldn’t understand the concept of rebirth and Jesus knows that it is only the Spirit that will lead him to the spiritual rebirth needed to cleanse sins and transform his life.

It is the same with us today.  When we are born again, an incredible transformation takes place in our lives and in our hearts.  The Spirit blows into our lives, opens our eyes to Jesus and through him we are cleansed from all sin.  We are led out of the darkness of night and into his glorious light and we will see the Kingdom of God.

So what happened to Nic?  Was he born again?  The man who came secretly at night for fear of being seen with Jesus comes fearlessly and boldly to anoint the body of Jesus after his crucifixion.  No longer afraid of what people might think, he believed; he was born again!

Thank you Spirit of God for blowing into our life that we might believe in Jesus, be born again into eternal life and see the Kingdom of God.  Amen

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