April 8, 2019

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Read – John 3

What does it say?
Jesus told Nicodemus he must be born again in order to be saved. John the Baptist told his disciples that Jesus was the Messiah.

What does it mean?
As a Jewish leader, Nicodemus must have started this conversation believing he was already part of the kingdom of God. Yet something drove him to meet with Jesus secretly. When Jesus introduced the truth of being born again, Nicodemus had to make a choice: humbly turn to Christ for eternal life or hold to his religious pride and perish. Unlike human birth, spiritual birth is a choice, requiring belief in God’s Son. God offers salvation because of his deep love for mankind, but each person must make a choice. To reject Christ is to choose condemnation.

How should I respond?
God loved. God gave. We believe. We receive. That’s the message of salvation in a nutshell. God loved the world; that means everyone. But you must face the same choice as Nicodemus: salvation or condemnation. The only condition of salvation is to believe that Jesus is God’s Son sent to save you from your sins so you can live fully committed to Him. Are you like Nicodemus – a good and moral person who has never acted on God’s gift and had a spiritual birth? If so, will you stop right now and confess your sin to Christ and ask Him to give you new and eternal life?