I have been following Jesus and His disciples around for a few weeks now. During this time I have seen Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding and this was the talk of the town for days! People couldn’t believe the best wine was saved until the last part of the wedding as it usually comes out at the beginning. Then I saw Jesus heal people. I was totally mesmerised and amazed at how He was performing these miracles. I know John declared Him as the Son of God, but wow, I have never seen lame people walk before or blind men see. I am still trying to decide if this is what I believe about Jesus, is He really the Messiah or just another prophet people are following. There are so many questions in my head I need to figure out.
I sat down in the cool shade having a fish and some bread. Jesus was talking to His friends again. Apparently, He had spoken to Nicodemus the night before. Nicodemus was a well-respected leader in the Sanhedrin. No one messed with the guys in the Sanhedrin, they were well educated in the law and were the elite.
Jesus said that Nicodemus came to Him in the night asking some questions. Nicodemus candidly said to Jesus he knew that God was with Him.
Jesus then shares with us the rest of the conversation with Nicodemus. He tells Nicodemus that he needs to be born again in order to see the Kingdom of God. Nicodemus asked the same question I probably would have asked- “Well, how can you be born again? We can’t go back into our mother’s wombs.”
Jesus explains to Nicodemus that yes, we are born of water, which by the way means human birth- we refer to this a lot when we talk about births, but we are to be born of the Spirit.
The Spirit? Remember the day of Jesus’ baptism when the Spirit of God descended upon Him? John said Jesus would baptise us with the Spirit. So, being born of the Spirit what does this mean?
Jesus explains the Spirit as wind. We know about wind, we know it blows wherever it chooses, but we cannot see it. He said the Spirit is like this: The Spirit moves, we can feel it, we can know it, but we cannot see it.
Okay, I get this, but still, how are we born of the Spirit? Apparently, Nicodemus didn’t get it either.
Jesus tries to explain further. He declares Himself as the Son of Man who has come from Heaven. I have heard Him called the Son of God, but not the Son of Man. Jesus then tells Nicodemus “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world but to save the world through Him” (John 3:16-17).
So, if we believe in Jesus as the Son of God, one who came to man from Heaven out of love, we will never perish? Jesus the Son is not here to judge us but to save us.
Wow, this is a lot to take in.
Jesus goes on to say that judgement comes to those who do not believe He is the Son of God or the Son of Man. Judgement is based on this: God’s light came into the world, but people loved darkness more than the light. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it because they are afraid their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see they are doing what God wants.
I can understand this- ever since I “met” Jesus at the River Jordan and have been following Him and listening to Him, I have been thinking a lot about my own life and my sins. It has made me feel very uncomfortable because I know I have made plenty of mistakes. Yet, I so much want to know this man Jesus. I want to understand what He is teaching so I can be His “friend.” I don’t want to sit on the outskirts eavesdropping, I want to get to know Him better.
I know I can’t see the Spirit, but I believe the Spirit is indeed in Jesus. I desire to be born of the Spirit. I desire to be born again. If Jesus really did come out of love and judgement and He indeed is the Son of God and the Son of Man to make a way for us to have eternal life then I want this.
I have got to make a way to talk to Jesus. Somehow, I must!
*Interestingly Nicodemus came to Jesus at night-
This was because of his position in the Sanhedrin and most of the elite already did not like Jesus, therefore, to be seen with Jesus during the day would not have been a good thing.
*People who are of the light are busy accomplishing, engaging in and doing the business of God.
*When we pray for unbelievers, we need to pray that the veil of unbelief and darkness is removed. We also need to pray against pride keeping them back from knowing Jesus.
*In order to be genuinely saved, we must be born again- born of the Spirit, not just saying Jesus is Lord- the demons even know this- but really believing in our heart of hearts that Jesus is the Son of God, and desiring a relationship with Him
For Further Study: John 3:1- 21