Words from the Heart for Thursday February 15th, 2018
You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’
John 3:7 (NIV)
You Must be Born Again
God does not just want us just to try harder. He has made a way for a miracle of new life. He wants us to be born again. This is a miracle that is not possible in a natural birth. When we accept the free gift of salvation from the Lord, we begin a brand new life that will last for eternity.
There are approximately 360,000 babies born per day around the world, and 15,000 births per hour worldwide. That is more than twice the number of people who die each day. Just under half of the world’s total population is comprised of children 18 and under. The global average life expectancy worldwide for new babies born this year is 67. In Canada, on an average day, about 1,070 babies are born. Tuesday sees more babies born than any other day of the week.
Early on in Jesus’ ministry, John records the story of a Pharisee and member of the Jewish ruling council who came to visit Jesus at night. Nicodemus has become aware of Jesus’ ministry and is intrigued by what he sees. Faith is rising up within him and he wants to get to the bottom of Jesus’ ministry. At the beginning of the conversation, he makes a statement of faith. Calling Jesus “rabbi”, he recognizes that Jesus has come from God. Jesus replies with a fascinating statement. It is found in John 3:7: “You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’” The Jewish people were proud of their special relationship to the one true God. He had chosen them and they felt everything was good between them and He. Pharisees were particularly careful about keeping the law and they felt this was pleasing to the Lord. Jesus reminds Nicodemus that what is necessary is a new heart. Our sin needs to be removed and replaced with a new nature. Jesus was far more than simply a teacher. He came to change hearts and eternity.
These have been words from the heart.