The answer – God’s answer – to every statement and every question is faith in him and to receive what Jesus has done for you. He wants us to receive and believe Jesus and become spiritually alive. If we do that, it’s mission accomplished for Jesus. It’s why he came…
1 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
4 [God] wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people.
9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Born again… Who is it for? Who can become born again? Well, God is actually pretty clear who spiritual life is for. He is pretty clear who needs to be born again and whom God desires to become born again.
If we go back to the story of Jesus speaking to Nicodemus in John 3, we see a couple of pretty cool things. First, we see in verse 3 that Jesus says that unless one is born again he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Another translation of Jesus’ words is that no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born again…
One. Not you. Huh? Jesus didn’t tell Nicodemus that he must be born again. He told Nicodemus that one must be born again. One. In other words, Jesus’ answer wasn’t specific to Nicodemus – it was and is specific to everyone. In fact, Jesus’ message is that anyone and everyone who desires to enter the kingdom of God must be born again.
So being born again is for all. For everyone. For anyone.
The other thing I love about their interaction is that Nicodemus makes a statement to Jesus, which Jesus responds to with the born again message. It wasn’t a question. It was a statement. It actually doesn’t appear to be related to Jesus’ answer. Which I think is part of the point.
The answer – God’s answer – to every statement and every question is faith in him and to receive what Jesus has done for you.
So much of our Christian experience teaches us that God wants us to come to him and encounter him more than he wants to give us answers and fix our problems. He wants us to bring stuff to him so we can be together. He wants us to receive Jesus and believe Jesus. If we do that, it’s mission accomplished for Jesus. That’s why he came.
And who does God desire to come to him? Everyone. All people. And he is waiting patiently. Sometimes we get upset because we want God to annihilate the bad guys and he is showing great forebearance. Why? Because God is waiting for people to come to him. Who? Bad guys. Like who? Like me. Like you. We all need Jesus.
Could it be that God is speaking to you about responding to Jesus? You can receive him even now by simply talking to God and saying, Thank you God for sending Jesus to live a perfect life and die on the cross for me. Thank you for forgiving my sin because of what Jesus did. I invite you into my life and I desire to live for you. Amen.