Join the Team: Part 5

Opening Prayer

Father, help me to see your truth and hear your voice through your word.

 

Read: John 3:16-21

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

 

Reflect

John 3:16 is probably the best known verse in the entire Bible seen everywhere from stadium end zones to great cathedrals to airplane signs overhead.  These verses come at the end of a great conversation Jesus has with Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews.  Nicodemus wanted to understand who Jesus was that night and Jesus responded with the need everyone has to be “born again.”  Understandably, this was pretty overwhelming and mystifying to Nicodemus and we don’t know for sure if he ever truly understood Jesus or not.  Verses 16-21 certainly go a long way to explain what Jesus meant in “born again.”  The love of God caused God to send Jesus into the world to provide eternal life for all of humanity—salvation not condemnation.  From the beginning of Genesis people loved evil more than God and now Light has returned into the world.  John says with The Light comes the choice—love the darkness or love the light.  If our lives are full of evil deeds then that is a sure sign we hate the light and love the darkness.  On the other hand, loving the light means living and staying in the light in order that our lives, love and deeds of kindness are seen by God and everyone else around.  Being “born again” is receiving and walking in Jesus’ light so that the brand new life that only God could create becomes visible and viable.

 

Apply

Have you been born again through the new life only Jesus offers?  If you have, are you walking in the light and does your life reflect Jesus’ new creation?  Who in your life (family, neighbor, coworker, friend), needs to see Jesus in your life more clearly and is waiting for you tell them about Him?

 

Closing Prayer

Be born again in my life today, Jesus, may my words and deeds reflect your love and goodness.