I enjoy riding motorcycles. The motorcycle that I now ride is over thirty years old. If I had a new motorcycle I would only be able to ride one at a time. If I were going on a trip, I could either ride the old bike or the new bike. You cannot ride two motorcycles at the same time.
I. Born Again: John 3:3-8
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 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.”
The concept of being born again comes from this passage of scripture. Nicodemus was obviously puzzled since it is obvious that a rebirth in the flesh is absurd. The new birth is not a physical event, but a spiritual event. We are born in the flesh, we must be born again in the spirit. This happens when a person responds with repentance and faith to the message of Jesus Christ. The message of the incarnate Christ who died for our sins and rose again from the dead.
People who have been born again should be guided by the Spirit. It is a new life in Christ. The guidance of the Spirit will make a difference in our lives that can be seen, but may not be understood.
II. God Loved: John 3:14-19
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 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. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 “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. 19 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.
God loves the world. By this is meant that God loves the people of this world. All of us. God loves, and so He gave. He gave Jesus to be the sacrifice for our sins. We are called to believe. In believing we enter into a new relationship with God. We respond to the gospel message with repentance and faith and He sends His Holy Spirit into our hearts. It is when the Spirit enters our hearts that we are born again. Born of the Spirit. It is a new life in Christ.
Some do not believe. Some will reject the message of the love of God in Jesus. They will be condemned, not just because they have sinned, but because they have rejected the only remedy for their sin. If there was another way, then Jesus would not have had to give His life. If Jesus did not have to give His life, then why would He? Jesus is the only way of salvation, but some reject that offer of the love of God. They will not give up their old life of sin for a new life in Christ.
III. Serve Christ: John 12:23-26
But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. 25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.
Jesus gave His life so that we might have new life. We cannot have a new life in Christ without first letting go of the old life. We must let go of our old life so that we can take hold of our new life in Christ. God has a plan for us. It is a good plan. We can trust Him. We should give our lives to Him and let Him make of us what He wants us to be.
We can either live our old life, or the new life that we have in Christ. We cannot do both.
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