It’s a New Year
It’s a New Day
It can be a New Start
It can be a New Life
Nearly two weeks into 2020 and maybe you made a resolution to exercise, or diet, or save money, or to do, or not do, any number of things like many people do each time the calendar resets. We have the best intentions as we look forward to the year ahead thinner, richer, or in a new job, home, car, etc.. Why not consider a new life at this time of new starts?
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” John 3:1-4 NKJV
Start a new year with a new life – be born again!!
Nicodemus was a scholar, a Pharisess, fluent in the word of God and able to quote the Book of Moses and The Law (the first five books of the Old Testament) by heart. He was impressed with Jesus and had questions for Him but as we see in the scriptures he came to Jesus by night. Under the cover of darkness, hoping no-one would see, he came to ask the teacher questions. Jesus knew what Nicodemus was searching for before the question was asked. Jesus’s answer was not what Nicodemus expected.
Jesus explains that our birth from our mother is being born of the flesh but that the second birth which He is speaking of is Spirit. We are spirit beings in fleshly bodies and souls and it’s our spirits that must be reborn (regenerated) of God’s Spirit.
But maybe, like Nicodemus, you can’t understand how to reenter your mothers womb and be born a second time. Or perhaps you have been raised in the church and feel these words don’t apply to you. Maybe you’re secure in your relationship with Jesus and you have felt the joy of being reborn into His family. Whatever condition you may be in today as you read these words know that there is a better way, a new way, to live this new year. Become a child of God!
But wait! Isn’t everyone a child of God?
Unfortunately, the answer to that question is a resounding NO! It is true that Jesus is the creator of all things (that includes you!). But He set you free into this life so that you can exercise your free will and return to Him. Accepting Jesus and receiving Him as your Lord and Savior is how you become a child of God.
He (Jesus) came to His own (the children of Israel), and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:11-13NKJV
In the first chapter of John’s Gospel we see the power and glory of Jesus. In the beginning was The Word! John opens our eyes to the divinity of Jesus. How Jesus is The Word and how Jesus was with God and Is God. How Jesus made everything and how there is nothing that is made that was not made by Him. How Jesus is The Light of the world and that darkness does not comprehend the Light. John goes on to say that he was able to witness Jesus in the flesh.
In the glorious revealing of the very character of Jesus John also tells us God’s plan concerning all of us. God sent Jesus to earth to live among us as one of us and to die for us all. The sacrificial Lamb of God which under the law in olden times was slain to cover the sins of the worshippers in Israel. Only now, this Lamb, would be slain once and for all. His shed blood would not cover up the sins of the worshippers in Israel but rather, wash away the sins, no matter how great or horrific, of all mankind forever. Heb. 10
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. John3:16 NKJV
It’s a New Year – It’s a New Day – It can be a New Start – It can be a New Life
Give your heart to Jesus. Ask for His forgiveness. Let Him cleanse you of your sins. If you think you have no sins ask Him to show you your sins because He tells us that all (Yes all – that means you) have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (seeRomans 3:23!). Then you can become a child of God and inherit everlasting life.
RECYCLE YOURSELF – RETURN TO JESUS
If you are secure in your relationship with Jesus and know Him as your Lord and Savior then share the good news of Jesus with someone today. Show them how they can become a child of God.