Today is my 34th birthday. I’ve officially arrived in my mid-thirties. I remember years ago (that’s what old people say, right?) when I thought people in their thirties were soooo oooold. Well, here I am, and I embrace it. I know I’m only four years into my thirties, but so far, it’s my favorite decade yet.
Everyone has a physical birthday, but unfortunately, not everyone has a spiritual birthday, which is far more important.
In one of the most famous passages in the entire Bible, John 3, we get to eavesdrop on a conversation between Jesus and a well-known Jewish leader, Nicodemus. Almost as quickly as their conversation began, Jesus told him, “unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Immediately following that shocking statement, Nicodemus, confused and to the horror of all mothers, asked, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
This is when I would have laughed. Jesus was much more gracious than I would have been.
Jesus went on to explain the eternal significance of the second birth, explaining that everyone is born of the flesh, but we must also be born of the Spirit. Ultimately, the second birth Jesus spoke of happens through faith in Him.
Although Nicodemus’ question may seem silly for a grown man to ask, I’m glad he asked it. It led Jesus to speak the life-giving words of one of the most quoted verses in all of Scripture…
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (ESV)
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