“Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’” vs. 4
Nicodemus wonders about this “born again” thing that Jesus had alluded to and asks a further question to get some clarification. He likely knows that his literal response seemed foolish, but he seems sincere in his desire to know more. Ultimately it appears that the confusion continued as he departed and we don’t know if he finally figured things out. We do know that these verses have spawned a ton of conversation about being “born again” and some have decided that they are the key to having a closer relationship with God. Some even say that those who haven’t had a “born again” experience can’t have certainty of salvation. By that they mean a point in life at which one makes a conscious decision to accept Jesus as Savior. For some it’s a remarkable life-changing event and they do all they can to encourage others to do the same thing. Now it’s certainly not a bad thing to choose to follow Jesus, but sometimes we can be tricked into thinking that this human decision is what saves us, when really our salvation is totally a God thing. Our new life in Christ does indeed come from above as a new birth, but it’s a gift, and not related to our religious experiences. God’s decision about us is far more significant than our decision about God!
Thought for the Day: What is a “born again” experience like?