“Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.””
Hello everyone I hope that you had a beautiful and blessed thanksgiving with family, friends or with members of the church. Our Thanksgiving was done at church so that people that had no family were able to come and pass that beautiful celebration together as family in Christ.
On today’s post I wanted to talk about been reborn again. Do you know that chapter in the bible where Jesus is talking to Nicodemus the priest. Where he asks the famous question…..
“How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born again?“( John 3:4)
When I first heard a pastor preaching in this chapter I got that look in my face where you are thinking to your self ” Oh My Goodness, is that even possible???” and yes my intelligence came to a sudden stop; I was in that moment being Nicodemus with my really dumb question. However when you think about it; it’s a reasonable question I mean this guy( Jesus) was lifting up dead people, curing sickness, delivering people, and he was proclaiming to be the Son of God( which now we know is the complete and utter truth) but back then people were seeing all of this and they had questions like this. But what took me back was what Jesus responded after Nicodemus ask him another question.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?”
Seriously I don’t if you guys hear the sarcasm in the way Jesus responded to that. I mean maybe it’s my imagination but every time that I read this chapter it just makes me laugh because I feel like I’m hearing Jesus saying that to him sarcastically. I might be wrong but anyways the way Jesus responded is everything. I mean we have a high priest with a curiosity problem; asking the Messiah to explain how he can do all that he does. And even though Jesus answered him; he still couldn’t understand what the Lord what’s trying to tell him. Him being a priest he should have some kind of knowledge or wisdom I would dare to say; however he was behaving as a common person. In that time that Jesus walked on earth the high priests of were men obnoxious, prideful, greedy and really hypocrites.
John 3: 5-7
“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6.That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7.Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.“
Jesus wasn’t speaking of a physical rebirth as if it were Greek mythology but as a spiritual one. If your spirit is tied with hatred, shame, guilt, cruelty, mercilessness, anger, rebellion; how then are you suppose to have a connection with God. God is love, mercy, love, grace, forgiveness; he is the complete opposite of us humans. Yesterday my brother came over to the house with his family and the cutest thing was with them(talking about this cutie pie in the picture) he was playing around; laughing and at one moment he got mad with his mom because he want to spin in a chair but his mom wouldn’t let him; because he could have injured himself. However after he got over the anger not even 3 minutes later; he went to his mom and gave her a kiss and hug. Children have this huge capacity for love and forgiveness, why don’t we the older generation have that.
We are quick to anger and hold fast to hatred. Maybe life has treated us horribly and we might have scars and wounds in our bodies, soul and mind. But when we come to Jesus we are suppose to be like a child because if we do not have that attributes that many children have we are not going anywhere. A child has not hatred, they don’t discriminate between race, ethnicity, religion, sex , political views. We definitive need to be reborn again in the spiritual image that God’s wants us to.
“Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.””