Words from the Heart for Wednesday March 4th, 2020
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.
John 3:5-6 (NIV)
The Spirit Gives Birth to Spirit
The Spirit of Canada was the first hot air balloon to be built and registered in Canada. It was built by Stan Sheldrake and Ken Merritt in Smithville, ON, as a Centennial project. Ironically, the first flight of Spirit of Canada was in the United States, on April 21, 1967, at the first Palm Springs Aerial Tramway International Balloon Race. Sheldrake and his team drove 60 hours, pulling a trailer filled with the balloon. On the first flight, they stayed in the air for 23 minutes.
When Jesus came to dwell among His people, He fulfilled over 300 prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures about the coming of the Messiah. Everything about His life pointed to the background of the Old Testament. So when He begins to reveal the plan of salvation, it would be understood in the context of what had been revealed already to God’s people. Nicodemus came to Jesus one night to ask Him about what was necessary for eternal life and Jesus speaks about the need to be born again. Then we read in John 3:56, “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.” God had told the people of Israel, in Ezekiel 36, that He would sprinkle clean water on them to make them clean. Jesus was reminding Nicodemus of this – no one can enter the kingdom of God without being cleansed – He uses the picture of water here. But ultimately what we need is a new nature – being born again by the Holy Spirit. Have you been?
These have been words from the heart.