John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
The qualifications to enter the U.S. have been a hot button of controversy in recent years. Most citizens understand there must be some preconditions for entry, but what qualifies someone for entry is where the battle rages.
In this verse Jesus was talking with Nicodemus, a Jew of Jews, about His kingdom's immigration policy. He used terms that must have been difficult to hear for a member of Israel's ruling body, the Sanhedrin. But Jesus said it anyway.
Jesus informed Nicodemus that His kingdom has preconditions for entry. It was the wording of the precondition that would have jolted Nicodemus: “born again.” If anyone considered himself fully prepared for the coming Messiah's kingdom it would have been Nicodemus. With the expectation of the Messiah's coming, Nicodemus may have, in his mind, already perched himself on a seat in the Messiah's government. Now this...
“Born again” meant his first birth had no influence in this Messiah's new government. He must start all over again... Perhaps he remembered the stinging words of John the Baptist, “and think not to say withing yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.” Matthew 3:9 Could it be that this Messiah was rejecting their religious order which was set up and accepted by multiple generations? Born again?
It must be difficult for many of us to find out that who we are, or think we are, has no value when it comes to entering Christ's Kingdom. We must first have a new beginning... we must be born again. If you have questions about being born again, please e-mail me.