We are in John 3 and Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus about being born again. I think I deserve this chance to tell you about it.
Joh 3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;
Joh 3:2 this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
God’s word has depth. We can see three meanings for the word ‘see’ from above. Three levels of meaning: SEE meaning ‘go into’. SEE meaning ‘understand’. And SEE meaning, ‘he is blind in his spiritual eyes to see it coming or to see it before his eyes’.
You can’t go into it without the true faith, without emptying yourself and letting go of the spiritual world and its things in order to become full of spiritual things. You can’t take them with you. You can’t pursue them totally with all your heart and strength or you’ll get hurt.
You can’t understand being born again without your new spiritual understanding that you get by studying Gods Word. If you put away worldly things you get hungry for spiritual understanding. Man cannot live by bread alone but by God’s words too. Man’s spirit hungers for understanding. He finds answers in the Bible.
In our search for authenticity as Christians we must be born again. If you believe, you have the Spirit of God and He leads and guides us to the truth of life. When our mother’s water breaks we are born into physical life. You just know you are born and it grows like a seed. There isn’t a word for born again, you just know it. Well, you understand, you have to experience it. That is a leap of faith to a new level.
Over here is where salvation is. I think Jesus knows what He is talking about. Being born of the Spirit is a complete immersion and commitment. I was so wrong before, trouble I was in, mistakes I was making. A life of sin became impossible to cope with. I feared hell and from trying all sorts of things I got confusion. Jesus is always there saying ‘this is the way, come to me, I love you; you need me’. He doesn’t condemn any more when you come to HIM. He wants to heal us in our relationship to God, not harm us.
Jesus is the answer and He says to be born again which is a process. Say to Him, ‘Lord I know I am a sinner, please forgive me for wronging you and others. Send the Holy Spirit as my helper. I forsake the unbalanced pursuit of mammon. Come into my life so that I may live for you. In Jesus name, Amen.