John 3 “Must be born again”
May 25 2020
“Must be born again”
The “New Birth” is the theme of the 3rd chapter of John and it should be the theme of our lives. Well known British evangelist George Whitefield wrote a letter in the 1700’s to inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin encouraging him to make “New birth” his next investigation as he wrote, “I find that you grow more and more famous in the learned world. As you have made such progress in investigating the mysteries of electricity, I humbly urge you to give diligent heed to the mystery of the “new birth”. Everyone today is familiar with the term “born again”, it has become so popular that it is used for all kinds of situations that have nothing to do with the way the New Testament uses it. If a football team has a bad season and the next year comes to life again and does much better, the sports writers say it has been born again. If all this happened in line with the New Testament view of that term it would be very encouraging. How glorious it would be if whole football teams and other movements truly experienced what Jesus speaks of here to Nicodemus. Nicodemus came to Jesus on that night (because of the signs he had heard and seen) wanting to know if Jesus was the hoped-for Messiah. So, when Jesus addresses him for the first time along the need for personal transformation not national preeminence and politically importance. Nicodemus is twice repeated questions of “How can” as he was searching for the process on new birth. Nicodemus didn’t deny the need for personal transformation he only questioned HOW THAT COULD HAPPEN. In Isa. 59:1-1 The Lord spoke to mankind saying, “Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.” John the Baptist had come to prepare hearts, but Nicodemus and others hadn’t been listening. Jesus would say in Luke 16:16 “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.” Then in Luke 24:44 Jesus said “all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” Yet they still were not listening, the question I have looking at everything that has been going in our world lately is are PEOPLE LISTENING NOW? You “must be born again”!
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!