I’m pleased to announce that my wife and I had our second son a week ago, Sunday.
Obviously, “birth” is pondered much after one experiences the “birth” of a child. However, what about “rebirth“? All of a sudden, I am drawn to look deeper into the connections between our physical birth and spiritual rebirth. With this in mind, I’d like to explore John 3. Specifically the concept of rebirth or being “born again” (John 3:3).
“Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 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.’ Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.’” (John 3:1-3)
“‘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!’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 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.’” (John 3:4-8)
Obviously, we know that our spiritual rebirth is a mystery in itself. Jesus said as much to Nicodemus. This is one of Jesus’ teachings that is just as baffling to the unbelieving world today, as it was back then. Think about it. Being born again! What a ludicrous statement for an unbeliever to process. Yet, it is an amazing way to describe the beginning of a relationship with our Creator.
Let’s break it down. For those who have been in a delivery room prior to the child’s arrival, you know the chaos, the pain and the overall emotion that fill the room. Many times there is great chaos, pain and emotion in the process of bringing someone to the knowledge of Christ.
Think about the doctors, nurses and midwives who carefully bring this child into the world. It is much like those of us who carefully bring someone through the process of accepting Christ as Lord in their life.
Think about the moment that we hear that first infant-cry, as the physician places baby in mother’s arms. All the agony fades in that moment, and is replaced with celebration and tears of joy. So to is rebirth.
To go one step further, even the growth of that infant mirrors Biblical teaching. Consider 1 Corinthians 3:2: “I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.” Milk before solid food; that is how we nurture someone who has been ‘born again‘.
We should consider all of those Believers in our lives who are only a few months to a couple of years old in their Christian walk. Have we been expecting too many adult principles and actions from an infant believer? Have we neglected to celebrate and care for their infancy? Have we expected them to digest meat before they have had a steady diet of milk?
My suggestion is that Jesus was trying to be clear with us about how we should interact with our new brothers and sisters in Christ. Perhaps, all this talk of being ‘born again,‘ is far deeper a concept than we give credit for.
Originally posted at QuietMorningsWithHim.com by Jeremy Norton.