Sunday, February 10, 2002

A New Start!

Jesus replied, "I assure you, unless you are born again, you can
never see the Kingdom of God."
-- John 3:3 (NLT)

Jesus basically tells Nicodemus, a religious ruler and a rigtheous
man, that he must start over. Not only that, he tells him he must
have a fresh start that only God can bring about. He must be reborn.
This is no longer a theological discussion, but a personal one;
"...unless YOU are born again..." But more than just being born
"again," Jesus is telling Nicodemus that he must be born "from above"
or "born of God." Another human birth, another birth by human
efforts and origins, simply can't accomplish what is necessary for
him to be a part of God's Kingdom. This something that the best of
the best can't can't accomplish for himself. Good won't cut it.
Only God can make the grade and only God can make this birth happen.
Can we hear that? Oh yes, because in our heart of hearts, we all
know we don't measure up. Only God's grace can make us his children.

Father, thank you for not only providing the sacrifice for my sins
in Jesus, but also for providing the birth that makes me your holy
child. By grace and in the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.