Now 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 him, "Truly, truly, 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?" Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, 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 the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Before 1975 I had never heard the phrase "Born Again". Like many I was a fairly religious person, although I had stopped going to church, but I had never read the bible - not even the gospel of John. So my reaction to this phrase was similar to Nicodemus in that my understanding of such matters was purely cerebral. So I can understand a bit how the Pharisee felt when Jesus began speaking to him about his need to be born spiritually.
Jesus clarifies what he means by "born of water and the Spirit" when he speaks of being born of the flesh and of the Spirit. Interesting when you consider his own birth where he had a fleshly birth combined with a spiritual one. Jesus is unique in all of history in that respect - his mother was flesh and his Father was Spirit. So it is that when we are born again we become like Jesus in that we have both fleshly and spiritual parents. It is amazing!
Thank you for the new birth Lord. I am blessed to have a Father like you.