“Unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
A story is told of a man who took his questions and curiosity to Jesus, whom he considered to be a great moral teacher. This man, we’ll call him Nick, was bothered by something. Something was nagging him in his very soul. There were questions that his religion just couldn’t answer. And the answers he got all seemed to fall short.
Then, from out of nowhere came this man who began to heal people who were sick, make blind people see, and make lame people walk. This man had power that could raise a human being to life after they had been dead for several days. And the way He spoke!
There was more than just good teaching coming from this peculiar teacher. The words He spoke gave life. He gave meaning to the questions without always giving away all the answers. The man was unlike any other great moral teacher he had ever read about or seen in his lifetime. There was a humility about this teacher that made Nick wonder if he could really be a messenger from God.
Nick was a man of high regard in his community. If he were to be seen talking with this teacher by others, he might lose some of the respect he had earned while serving there. “After all”, he thought, “someone who teaches others ought to never have to ask questions of another teacher.”
So drenched in the cover of night, Nick sought an audience with this man. And in the few moments that followed, he met Jesus face to face. And he heard a phrase that to this day still has people wondering what in the world it means…
“Unless you are born again you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
Born again and Kingdom of God.
- Unless your eyes are open, you can’t see something you are blind to.
- A rule and reign exists apart from your ability to perceive it.
- You are not alone in your need to be given new birth.
- The Kingdom of God is more than showing up to church on Sunday.