Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : John 3:1-16

“I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” (v. 3 NIV)

You know the story of Nicodemus, don’t you? He was a teacher among the Jews, and yet he was puzzled by Jesus’ message. So he came by night to see what Jesus had to say.

Jesus began by telling Nicodemus that he had to be born again. That totally confused Nicodemus. How could he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be reborn? But Jesus wasn’t talking about a second physical birth, he was talking about a spiritual birth.

Our first birth is in Adam, and the choices he made affect us. We are “sinful at birth, sinful from the time [our mothers] conceived [us]” (Psalm 51:5). The words spoken to Adam were spoken also to us: “you will surely die” (Genesis 2:17).

But God has graciously given us a choice as to how we experience that death. We can die physically and then eternally, or by faith we can die in Christ and then be born again by the Spirit. That’s what happens when we believe in him; we are born again! We get a second, new life—a life in the Spirit. Being born again is an image of salvation.


Thank you, Lord Jesus, for allowing us to die in Christ so that we can be born again to a new, spiritual life. Amen.