The most precious event in a person’s life is the day they are re-born…In John chapter 3 Jesus explains this somewhat confusing matter to a highly respected Pharisee, named Nicodemus.
Nicodemus, although he was well educated and a teacher of the law, didn’t understand how one is to be “born of the Spirit.” He actually shows us his ignorance of the matter when he visited Jesus at night.
There are many different views from many different people as to why Nicodemus went at night. Some say that he was too ashamed and afraid that his fellow Pharisees would spot him. Others say that he may have taken into consideration Jesus’ busy day and decided to rather come at night when Jesus was free and still others claim that it has a deeper spiritual reason…
However, the key point here is that we need to be re-born. Read it for yourself:
3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.[a]”
4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c]must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d]
9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heavenexcept the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.[e] 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[f]15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[g]
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
If a teacher of the law didn’t understand this concept, us “common folk” probably wouldn’t have understood it either had it not been for God putting Nicodemus’ encounter in the Bible. The Bible is our guide. It’s our instruction manual that should be read before we set out on the Christian life. If we don’t, we’ll probably stall and then only realize we should have read the manual first.