What I Read Today:
2 Thessalonians 1; John 3; Daniel 9; Psalm 10; 2 Kings 11; Genesis 13
John 3:1-8, “Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 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.” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” “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!” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 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.” “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. NIV
I can almost hear the confusion in Nicodemus’ voice. He had to be wondering, “what in the world is Jesus talking about.”
Jesus was laying it on the line to Nicodemus. You can’t see the kingdom unless you’ve been “born again.”
In other words, the spirit has to be in you. Your life has to reflect a change. Your focus has to become about God. The superficial worship that the Jewish people were now engaging in, wasn’t what God wanted for his people.
Contrary to popular opinion, being, “born again”, sometimes takes time. For every mountaintop experience and Road to Damascus moment, there are hundreds who come to Christ after years of struggle.
Nicodemus appears to have been one of those. He and Joseph of Arimethea would remove Jesus from the Cross and bury him.
Jesus’ point is, that the spirit of God has to penetrate our individual hearts.