Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
I came across something I wrote nine years ago. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I randomly found this note in my files. So today, I will share this entry with you.
I was reading a devotional that asked how we would explain what it meant to be born again if someone approached us with this question. As I thought through this phrase and tried to think of an explanation that would be easy to understand, this came to me. When we are born physically, our soul is connected to our body and depends on the body to sustain life, much like an unborn child depends on the mother to live. When we accept Jesus as our Savior our spirit is reborn in/through Christ and now our soul’s life is sustained by His Spirit (the Holy Spirit) and our souls now have new and eternal life and are no longer dependent on the body for life…as a newborn baby is no longer dependent on the mother for life.
I’m not saying this is a flawless explanation, but it connects with me. Being born again was even hard for Nicodemus, an avid scholar and teacher, to understand. But as I think about Christmas and the birth of Christ, I realize Jesus performed this process backwards in order to make a way for us to be with Him.
He was Spirit before He was Body. He was born so that He could die because, until His birth on earth, He was eternal. He became mortal when He became human: He accepted a mortal, human life, though He never lost His immortal Spirit. He would defeat death by dying and rising from the dead. He put on mortality so He could bring us immortality. But to receive this gift, our spirits must be reborn to connect our souls to our Immortal Savior rather than our mortal bodies.
Admittedly, this subject is too deep for me. My understanding is incomplete and flawed. But it is interesting to muse upon. My challenge to us this Christmas season is to ponder the Child’s birth considering the New Life He offers to all of us. His physical birth ushered in a new season of spiritual birth for all who would receive Him from that day forward.
Merry Christmas and may we celebrate our new lives in Jesus Christ.
Father, thank you for sending Your Son to be our Savior. Thank You for New Life, thank You for ushering us into eternity with You. Let our souls remember that our home is with You and let us stay connected to You throughout this season and into the next. We love You and seek to follow You in all we do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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I want to follow Jesus! How do I get started?
“This is how we know that we live in Him and He in us: He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.
1 John 4:13-15
If you are ready to join the family of God, simply believe and ask. You can choose your own words or pray the prayer below. God hears your heart, simply confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and let the Spirit lead you.
“Father, I want to be yours. Forgive me of my sins. I believe that you sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, to die in my place. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior and thank you for the gift of salvation through Him. I invite the Holy Spirit into my heart and surrender my life to You. In Jesus name, Amen.”
Feel free to spend time just talking to God and sharing your heart with Him. Let Him speak to you and listen as He leads you forward into new life. Welcome to the family.
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