Curiosity killed the cat! This is an old saying that describes the dangers of being overly inquisitive. In the case of Nicodemus, a religious leader and ruler of the Jews, curiosity may have actually saved him. Listen in as Pastor Travis Snode talks to us from God’s Word about this fascinating encounter.
Impressed by the miracles of Jesus, Nicodemus came to Him one night to find out more. He addressed Jesus as Rabbi, showing his respect for Jesus as a teacher. What Jesus was about to teach him, however, would change his life completely!
Jesus began by saying, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Those were probably not the words Nicodemus expected to hear. To suggest to a well-educated, intelligent man that he need to be born again was almost comically.
But the thing Jesus was talking about was not a physical birth but a spiritual birth. He was not saying that we have to enter the womb and be born a second time physically. He was saying that Nicodemus and every man needs to be born from above by the Spirit of God and the Word of God.
This new birth has nothing to do with religion, church, or family background. The new birth is a result of the Spirit of God giving the life of God to a believing sinner.
Just as human birth involves great pain, so does the spiritual birth. Jesus had to suffer and die on the cross so that we could be born into God’s family.
Every child that is born into the world inherits the nature of his parents, and so does every child that is born into God’s family inherit the nature of God.
I recently read of a man from Scotland who is 34 years old and has had 15 children by 13 different women over the space of 16 years. Though clearly he is acting irresponsibly, this man is involved in making physical birth possible.
But the real need in our society is for spiritual birth into God’s family. The great need is not really for social reform or religious reform. What we really need, if we hope to see God and have eternal life, is to be born again.