When Jesus Christ came to this earth He entered undefiled by man’s sinful nature (Isaiah 7:14 fulfilled in Matthew 1:18) and completely announced by His Father (Matthew 2, Mark 1, Luke 2 and John 1)!
When Jesus came upon the sick and hurting, He healed them and told them about the Salvation drawing near. When those who heard Him didn’t believe Him, they whispered among themselves. Jesus rebuked them so they would know that they were in danger of hell fire!
But, He didn’t just rebuke people, heal them and tell them that a Salvation was coming! No, He told them that they needed to be born again in order to receive His salvation, something that had been given from Almighty God!
One of the most famous and moving conversations in all of history is found in John 3, I encourage you to get your Bible and go read it.
In this special conversation between man and God, He details the most important message ever spoken!
Nicodemus was a rich, wealthy and elevated man in his day and he came to Jesus Christ at night as to avoid suspicion among other of his kind. I wonder if he knew that his whole life would be turned upside down that night?
Well, after receiving credit from Nicodemus of His miracles, Jesus tells the man that the only way to enter the kingdom of God is if you are “born again.” Nicodemus is sort of confused.
“How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asks. “Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
“Most assuredly, 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.” Jesus answered, “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
“How can these things be?” Nicodemus puzzled.
Jesus looked deeply at Nicodemus. “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,” Jesus continued, “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Jesus said. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
At at that point the conversation ends and we are silent. How could words ring truer?
If you are like the person Jesus described as loving “darkness [sin] rather than light” then might I ask you something?
If you were to die today, in your sin, would you regret it that you never “believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”? Would you say to God on Judgment Day, “Well, Lord, I’m sorry for my sins now. Can I get a ticket to heaven?”
This is what He will say to your heart that has been taken ahold of by the evil of this world. “I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.”
Will you be prepared for that?!
Please, don’t ignore God any longer, repent of your sins, put your faith in Jesus Christ and become a born again Christian! I will be praying fervently for all of you!
If you did make this most wonderful decision please tell me with the following form! We will rejoice as heaven rejoices!
Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.