Scriptures: John 3:1-7, John 1:10-13
Nicodemus came to see Jesus; he was searching and believed the Jesus could provide the answers. Jesus surprised him with an unexpected comment: "Nicodemus you must be born again." Nicodemus did not ask why, but instead he asked how. "How can a man born when he is old?"
Nicodemus was a man who was very proud of his first birth, he was a pharisee who claimed to be the "sons of Abraham." Pharisees means the "separated ones, the interpreters." They were a people faithful to their traditions, they were admired and were a strong politicial force.
But Jesus told Nicodemus 3 times you must be born again! "That which is born of flesh is flesh." Flesh, or humanity, can only offer the things of man: intelligence, provision, security and laughter. "But that which is born of the spirit is spirit:" The Holy Spirit provides mercy, grace, forgiveness, redemption, "unending friendship, loyalty and compassion," wisdom, unexplainable provision, healing, peace, joy, love and so much more.
Jesus let Nicodemus know that he was surviving on human understanding, human principles and humanities ideas about love and friendship. Nicodemus had a greater destiny! "Nicodemus you cannot see the kingdom of heaven, you cannot enter into the kingdom of God, Nicodemus you must be born again!"
Are you searching like Nicodemus? We all have accomplished somethings in the flesh, but God wants to take us to a new level through His Holy Spirit. "Marvel not that Jesus said, ye must be born again." Don't ask why, but how!
We are born of the water and of the spirit. We must first repent, then be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and then pray to receive the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised to give us abundant life and with that promise comes: forgiveness of sins, eyes open to His kingdom, power to become a child of God, entrance into His kingdom, and a God ordained destiny! You can born again!