Wednesday Word 6.20.18

John 3:1-8 New International Version

3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” 3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

We may know a lot more about the physical world than people understood in 35 A.D., but there are still so many things we do not know. We may understand the rotation of the earth and the how the changing temperatures and barometer affect the breezes that blow, but that doesn’t mean we understand the mysteries Jesus is talking about. He talks about being born of the water and of the Spirit: how we bid goodbye as people isolated in sin and, in an instant, become people of grace. We die to the old way of life and emerge striving to serve the God of Mercy and Love. How this comes about, or why God even bothers with us at all, will remain a mystery until we are in Heaven and the answers we thought we needed won’t matter to us anymore!

Baptism isn’t the only potential rebirth you may experience. For me, it is a matter of attitude. From Lamentations 3:22-23 we hear, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Just like in the hymn, “Morning by morning new mercies I see.” God gives us the chance to be born again in our relationship with him every morning! Ultimately, we hope to be there as God reveals the New City that John describes in Revelations 21:9 through 22:5, where we will live with God and Jesus Christ forever. What a new life that will be!

Jesus says, “You must be born again.” This is not just a catch phrase. This is a mandate. Jesus did all the hard stuff on our behalf. All we have to do is put our life in his hands…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki