Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” “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!”
Nicodemus was not a religious lightweight. He was an expert in the Jewish law. He was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He was respected and admired. However, he couldn’t grasp spiritual transformation. He was so busy trying to fix himself with external laws that he couldn’t understand inner repair. His only concept of rebirth was physical.
Jesus, the carpenter turned rabbi, looked this esteemed ruler right in the eyes and told him that he must be born again. This would not be the result of keeping laws or participating in ceremonial practices. There was nothing he could do that would cause such a radical regeneration. Rebirth called for a confession of sin and a submission to the Spirit for cleansing and renewal.
Have you struggled all your life to be good enough for God? Have you checked the spiritual boxes of confirmation, baptism, and communion for entry into a relationship with God? Do you think going to church is the ticket for eternal life? Think again. Jesus is looking you right in the eyes and saying, “You must be born again.” It’s time to let the Spirit perform His inner renewal.
If you would like to trust in Jesus for the rebirth He promises, make this prayer your own:
Lord Jesus, I have lived my life trying to be good enough for You. I can see from the life of Nicodemus that my efforts fall short. I trust in You as the One who can forgive me and place me in a relationship with the Father. I desire to be born again and I trust in Your work on the cross to make me new from the inside out. In Your name I pray. Amen.