Thoughts from Sunday
We are introduced to Nicodemus in John 3 when he approaches Jesus and commends him for being a great teacher. Jesus does not mince words and says, "unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." This statement is not what Nicodemus expected! How does one become born again? He thought he would have to enter back into his mothers' womb.
Another way of viewing being born again is to understand it in the context of being born from above. Salvation is an act of God upon us whereby we (who are dead in sin) are made alive in Christ. This process of being made alive is what Jesus meant when He said we must be born again.
Nicodemus could not grasp the idea of being born again and asks Jesus how this could possibly happen. One would expect a list of steps. Instead, Jesus says believe:
"Even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:14b-15).
God has provided an amazing way for us to be born again: by believing in His Son!