Nicodemus was a very intelligent and respected leader in the community. He had always done the right things and risen in the ranks of Jewish society. But, as he watched Jesus and listened to him speak, he was drawn to the stark difference Jesus’ discussions of God seemed to embrace. So he met him one evening with the idea of asking a few questions. But, once again, Jesus looked past the robes and straight into Nicodemus’ heart. “You Must Be Born Again.” Jesus spoke straight into Nicodemus spirit. He cut past the surface, the religion, the Jewish heritage and answered the real question, “I’m a devout follower of Jewish law—why isn’t it working!?” Jesus knew that Nicodemus was doing his best to be righteous. But, sadly, he also knew that his best would never be good enough.
Jesus gave Nicodemus the key—We must quit trying to be our best, and simply allow God to transform us into his best. Jesus wanted Nicodemus to understand that he was not alone. None are righteous in their own strength. All have to be reborn as God’s kids through a simple surrender of their will. Jesus knew that was an especially difficult realization for the religious elite.
In today’s culture, little has changed. Like Nicodemus, we must be born again to experience God’s love and plan for our lives. Our best religious self fails to meet God’s standard. We have only one choice, realize we will never meet the grade on our own; and then surrender our lives to him to be reborn spiritually. We then become new creations—the old is gone and the new is here. (2 Corinthians 5:17). It has always been simple—BUT, it’s never been easy!!!
God Bless You
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[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’