If you are just joining us this week, welcome.
We have been looking at the idea that Vacation Bible School has just as much to teach us adults as it does the children who attend. You can read the first two posts here: How Great Is My Faith? and The Result of Great Forgiveness.
Today we are looking at the story of Nicodemus and what Jesus had to say about spiritual rebirth. Our text comes from John 3:1-18.
Scripture records that Nicodemus was a Pharisee, a ruler of the Jews. He approaches Jesus at night (for fear of being seen!), acknowledging that Jesus is indeed a teacher from God because of the signs that He has done. Jesus tells Nicodemus that unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Of course, Nicodemus responds with questions about how this is possible, as a man cannot be born when he is old by entering his mother’s womb a second time.
“Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of 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 cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” ~John 3:5-8 (NKJV)
Nicodemus asks how these things can be, to which Jesus asks how he can be a teacher of Israel and not know these things. Jesus asks Nicodemus how, if He has told him of earthly things and he does not believe, will he believe when Jesus tells him of heavenly things? He goes on to say that just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness (John 3:14-15),
He follows this statement up with the beloved:
“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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” ~John 3:16-17 (NKJV)
I think that we run the risk of knowing this verse so well that, sometimes, we allow it to quickly roll off the tongue and wash over us. Let that not be the case today. Let us read it again and ask God to let the truths of that statement sink deep into our hearts and settle there.
This statement is so profound that I want to let God’s Word speak for itself, so let me just finish with this thought: Today, at VBS, we will be teaching the children the ABC’s of becoming a Christian. Admit that you are a sinner and choose to turn away from your sin. Believe that Jesus is God’s Son and accept God’s gift of forgiveness. Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
I would ask us today to consider if we have done the same in our own lives.
Dear Heavenly Father, today’s lesson is the most important lesson these children will ever hear. It is the most important truth ever taught! Help us today to convey Your love to these children, and help us to share Your love with the world. Thank You for the free gift of forgiveness in Your Son. In His precious and holy name we pray. Amen.
My favorite song on this topic is Born Again by Third Day. Click on the highlighted link to listen to or purchase from Amazon.
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