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He was a religious leader but when Jesus told Nicodemus that he must get born again, Nicodemus did not know what Jesus meant. John 3 is probably one of the most familiar, and yet one of the most misunderstood chapters of the Bible!


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1There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4Nicodemus 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?
5Jesus 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.
6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8The 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 3:1-8, King James Version)


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He was a religious leader but when Jesus told Nicodemus that he must get born again, Nicodemus did not know what Jesus meant. John 3 is probably one of the most familiar, and yet one of the most misunderstood chapters of the Bible!



Poor Nicodemus; he was clueless as to the understanding of Christ's words. Jesus had told him that he needed to be born again of the spirit, not the flesh, but his eyes were too darkened to see. After chiding him for being a leader in Israel, yet lacking the understanding of Christ's words, Jesus stated in plain truth, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.

Christ could not have stated it more plainly or obviously. We speak what we know. (NKJV)

Then He expands His testimony, And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

In other words Jesus simply told Nicodemus that no man but me has ascended to heaven. I am the one who came down from heaven, the Son of man, and the Son of God, and I will return to heaven.

Jesus will expand on this in the following verses, but let us take a moment and think about today's Bible passage. Nicodemus is not the only person being confronted by these words of Christ; Christ is speaking to each and every person in our world today. This message has been proclaimed over and over for more than 2,000 years.

The real question we must ask ourselves is this. How do I respond to these words? Who is this Christ? Is He truly the Son of man and the Son of God? Unfortunately our world is so blinded by worldliness and the sins of our age, that the majority of people respond just as Nicodemus did.

As true Christian, the words above bring great joy to our hearts, and we can speak with Christ in saying, "We speak what we know."

What about you? If these words, get born again, are hard to spiritually comprehend, then fall before the Lord Jesus Christ, and cry out to have Him open your eyes so that you, too, may see!


Next: Jesus and Nicodemus - verses 9-12


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