Take some time to reflect on some of the things you have done which don’t please God. Confess them to God and ask for his forgiveness, and know that those things are now gone.
Nicodemus was someone who knew his stuff. He was a Pharisee, a teacher of the law, and he recognised that there was something special about Jesus, so he came to find out more. He was scared about what other people thought though, so he came at night. Jesus tells him that the only way to see the kingdom of God is to be born again.
I don’t know about you, but I always think that sounds odd and corny and cheesy and like people who come up to you on the streets and wear socks and sandals and are generally terrifying. But Jesus is right, the only way to know God and to see him working is to be born again. To start things over. To get new life in him. When we become a Christian, the old is gone and the new is here. We become a new person, and the things that drag us down are gone. That’s what being born again is about – it’s not about a dodgy dress sense.
Here in this chapter we also have the most well known verse in the Bible – John3:16. This is the essence of what the Bible is all about – God sent Jesus so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but have eternal life. It’s a verse that’s worth learning by heart and remembering that God loves you so much that he sent Jesus to die for you.
Finally, here we meet John again, and he says some amazing words. He says “Jesus must become greater, I must become less”. Wow, basically. John’s whole ministry was to point to Jesus – it wasn’t about him at all. He wasn’t seeking fame or friends or money. He was working so the whole world could know Jesus. Could you say the same about your life?
Lord God, thank you that you gave so much so that we can be free from the things we have done wrong. Help us to put you first in all that we do, and to point to you in all that we are. Amen.
Read and learn by heart John 3:16