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. ~John 3:3 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? ~John 3:4 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. ~John 3:5 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. ~John 3:6 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. ~John 3:7 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. ~John 3:8 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? ~John 3:9 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? ~John 3:19 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. ~John 3:11 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? ~John 3:12 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. ~John 3:13 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: ~John 3:14 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. ~John 3:15 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ~John 3:16) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. ~John 3:17 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. ~John 3:18 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. ~John 3:19
Jesus answered Nicodemus directly. He did not mince His words or try to make them ultra religious. Nor did Jesus sugar-coat the words with what He thought Nicodemus “wanted” to hear. Jesus came right out and said “Verily, verily.” Here is double emphasis at the very beginning of Jesus’ statement. It’s as if Jesus were saying, “Nicodemus, surely, surely!” Jesus wanted Nicodemus to pay attention and to understand how important the following words were going to be. He did not want Nicodemus’ thoughts to be clouded with his religious background. He wanted Nicodemus in the “here and now.”
Nicodemus had no idea what Jesus was saying in this verse. This was something new to his ears. No matter how much Scripture he had put to memory, this was still something new. Jesus made it clear that Nicodemus could not see God’s kingdom unless he was born again. Jesus was concise. Jesus was plain in just 19 simple words. Man is originally born of water when he comes out of the womb. Jesus went further and stated that man now had to be born of the spirit and be born again.
Dear friend, do not let your religious upbringing obscure your thoughts today. Ask God to reveal His truth to you. God does not want you to be ignorant but to have wisdom through the Word.
“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; …” (Romans 11:25a)
One day I will meet You face-to-face
Not a deed will I be able to hide
Remove from me the obstacles
Which lead to Your bleeding Side.