“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:5–8).
Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak that which we know, and bear witness of that which we have seen, and you do not receive our witness. If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how shall you believe if I tell you heavenly things? And no one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven, even the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whosoever believes may in Him have eternal life.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the judgement, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God. (John 3:10–21)
Jesus’s encounter with Nicodemus is an event too significant to discuss in a single devotional. Let us ponder these scripture passages until tomorrow and discuss it further then.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, give us insight to understand Your words to Nicodemus, and assist us that we might attain the second birth. Give us a burning desire for it. Let us be as committed to You as we can be, let us believe in You without doubt, and let us serve You with vigor and persistence that exceed what we give to all other purposes in our lives. Thank You, Lord, for Your desire to see us happy and in Your kingdom of glory beyond human reckoning. In Your wonderful name, we pray. Amen.