You must be born again.

Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit." Nicodemus said to him, "How can these things be?" Jesus answered him, "Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?

As this fascinating dialog persists Jesus continues to press Nicodemus' understanding of spiritual matters. Do you find it interesting that Jesus speaks of the born again experience like it was something that a Jew would already know about? Is that a new thought? I mean isn't this born again stuff a Christian doctrine? Listening to Jesus one might argue that being born again is an idea that a Jewish teacher like Nicodemus should have been already acquainted with. And one need look no further than King David to see a born again Jew.

Jesus likens being born again to the wind. Thinking about that my mind travels to the devastation that the city of Joplin, Missouri recently experienced when a tornado leveled much of it. Winds are invisible but can have such an impact when they blow - such are the ways of the Spirit. In this passage Jesus teaches us that when we are born again the Spirit of God within us is powerful like the wind. And like the wind, that which is invisible exerts influence and power over that which is visible. It is why we need to be born again.

Thank you Lord for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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