John 3:3 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Nicodemus, a Pharisee and leader of the Jews, came to see Jesus at night after the crowds left.
He began by acknowledging who Jesus was, a Rabbi (teacher), sent by God who did miracles because God was with him.
Jesus, instead of thanking Nicodemus for the compliments, gave a warning. Jesus began by saying “truly, truly” or literally “amen, amen”. He wanted to make sure Nicodemus paid careful attention to what came next.
Jesus knew that his fellow Jews were looking for the Kingdom of God to come and end the reign of Roman oppression. Jesus also knew that curiosity about Jesus’ role in the Kingdom of God was what bought Nicodemus out to see him that night.
This theme of wondering if Jesus is the one to bring the Kingdom of God is seen throughout the Gospels. Jews, even John the Baptist, wanted to know who Jesus was in relation to the expected Kingdom of God.
Jesus gives a warning to Nicodemus- “unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. The Greek word for “born again” can also mean “born from above” and both meanings are likely in view here. Jesus pointed Nicodemus to the new life he needed to receive in order to be part of the Kingdom of God. Just as the breath of life from God above, “ruach” gave life to the first man Adam, so a man must receive this breath and be born again to live in God’s eternal Kingdom.
James uses the same Greek word used here for “born again” when he writes “Every good and perfect gift is from above…” in James 1:17.
The most perfect gift available for you today is the gift of eternal life in the Kingdom of God. God is asking you to be born again.
Are you willing to become a new creation in Christ? Will you give your life to Christ and make him the lord of your life?
This Easter, in the spring season of newness, let God know your desire to be born again. He wants to give you newness of life in him. All your sins will be washed away and you can get a fresh start.
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