Theme of the Week: Salvation
Bible Verse: “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
Scripture Reading: John 3:1-8
I’ve been married for 32 years now. Sometimes I look at my wife and think of all the mistakes I’ve made in our marriage. I tell her, “I wish I could start all over again and do things right. I need a brand-new start.”
Of course, I can’t start my marriage over again. But according to Jesus, we can begin again spiritually. In fact, we must begin again. There’s no other way.
When Jesus says that we must be born again, he means that we need a completely new start. We need to be brought to life spiritually by God, just as we were brought to life physically by God when we were born.
Paul said something similar in 2 Corinthians 5:17. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!”
Do you ever wish you could have a do-over? That’s what Jesus gives us when we come to him. He makes us completely new. We don’t get a new religion; we get a new life. God doesn’t just improve us; he creates a completely new life. We don’t do any of this. God is the one who makes us come alive.
When Jesus saves us, he makes us completely new.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the fresh start you give us. Thank you for not just giving us a minor upgrade. Thank you for giving us an entirely new life.
Reflection: Why do we need a completely new start rather than a few tweaks and adjustments?
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