Words from the Heart for Wednesday November 11th, 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
On Canada Day a couple of years ago, recent immigrants were asked to describe the spirit of Canada. Margaret, a recent immigrant from Nigeria replied, “Being Canadian means privilege and opportunity.” Alison, who moved to Canada from Ireland five years previously said, “To be friendly; (Canadians) definitely meet the stereotype. I’ve never met a more polite country in my life.” Chinese immigrant Yuan said “Every Canadian comes from a different cultural background. This phenomenon helps when you’re a new immigrant.”
Water plays an important role in the Bible. This isn’t surprising since the Middle East often has a chronic need for it. It represents life and cleansing. The greatest need of every human being is to be cleansed from sin and be given a new nature. God promised Israel this, in Ezekiel 36:25-27: “I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Centuries later, when Jesus was speaking to Nicodemus about being born again, he may have been thinking of Ezekiel when he said, In John 3:5-6: “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.” We need to be cleansed of our sin, and given a new Spirit. That’s why Jesus came.
These have been words from the heart.