Birthdays are much like belly buttons — everybody has one! Jesus had one, John the baptizer had one, you have one, and we all have one! Some of them are a little harder to take though, birthdays, I mean. It seems like the ones that end in zero can take an emotional toll on us. But all of us will, if we live long enough this year, celebrate another birthday.
Some of us actually have two birthdays. Are you confused? So was a man named Nicodemus. He was a ruler among the Jews, who secretly came at night to talk with Jesus. He recognized that there was something different about Jesus. While the rest of the rulers were threatened by Jesus, even skeptical of him, Nicodemus believed in him. He knew that because of the miracles and signs, Jesus was a teacher from God.
Jesus told Nicodemus, “Unless you are born again, you cannot see the kingdom of God.” Notice Jesus did not give Nicodemus the list we typically give. We often ask if you go to church, if you are a good person or if you tithe. Jesus was very clear and said, “You must be born again.”
Telling Nicodemus that statement ,of course, made him confused. He asked Jesus, “How can I enter my mothers womb and be born again?” That is a logical question to ask. Jesus stated back, “No, no, no, what is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of the (capital S) Spirit is Spirit.” In others words for someone to be alive you have to have a physical birth and likewise to have a new birth in Christ you need to have a spiritual birth.
My spiritual second birth came at a very early age. I was about six years old when I received Christ and was born again. Maybe for you it was as a teenager or while in college when you too can point to a time you were spiritually born again. The most important question Nicodemus did not know was what if you haven’t? What if you have not been born again? A time that you were born again into God’s family.
You can be born again. Just like Nicodemus, if you will repent (acknowledge your selfish life and be willing to change) and believe that Jesus is the only way to a personal relationship with God you can be born again! If you feel the Lord leading to that decision you can contact us here at 2minutepastor.com, or better yet, why don’t you contact a local Bible teaching church and let them know your desire to become born again. You can say, “How can I be born again and have a second birthday?” – Our church website has a good description of the way to a personal relationship with Christ. (http://fbcbranson.com/relationship-with-god)
John 3:3 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”