Bahan Alkitab: John 3:1-21, John 19:38-40
The Holy Spirit Gives New Life
We were born as a baby from our mother’s tummy. But can we get back to her tummy?
These questions might sound a little silly, but someone actually asked Jesus these same questions.
His name was Nicodemus, and he was confused about being born again. Have you ever heard someone say that before? Born again Christian? Or maybe born believer? Nicodemus hadn’t and when Jesus told him he needed to be born again in order to get heaven he thought it was impossible. How could he possibly get back in his mom’s belly?
But do you think that was what Jesus wanted him to do? No! Jesus meant a totally different type of born again.
Jesus told Nicodemus that there are two different types of being born. The first time we are born is when we come out of our mom’s belly. This is called being “born of the flesh”, and this is something we can see.
Now this is the part Nicodemus didn’t understand. Being born again. And this time it is called being “born of the spirit”.
Being born of the spirit can happen at any time no matter how old or young. And in order for this to happen, all you have to do is believe in Jesus and accept His gift of eternal life. And just like babies have parents that teach and take care of them after they are born, when you are born again you have another parent to be right there with you. Do you know who that is? It’s our Heavenly Father, God!
We really can be born twice, and both times are very important. We wouldn’t be here if we hadn’t been born as babies, and we wouldn’t get to heaven if we hadn’t been born again. And the neat part about being born again is all of the amazing new brothers and sisters you get. Anyone who is born again becomes a brother or sister in Christ to every other Christian, because we all share the same Heavenly Father and He promised that we will be saved.
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again[b] he cannot see the kingdom of God.”