By Pastor William F. Kumuyi
John 3:1-3 “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless ‘God is with him’.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Our focus for today will be on the divine revelation of our Saviour Jesus Christ to Nicodemus who recognised Jesus as a teacher come from God to unveil the mind of God to humanity. Instead of basking in the accolade showered on Him by this religious figure, Jesus, not moved by it, turned on the screw just a little bit so that the man of religion would wake up from his comfort zone.
John 3:5 “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
Jesus, in his explanation, made it clear that there are two aspects of life on earth: those born of the flesh and those born of the spirit. He gave an illustration about the life style of the spiritual using the movement of the wind by saying that just as we can observe the intriguing dynamics of the wind and its’ dazzling effect on living creatures in our environment; likewise is everyone that possess the nature of the spirit. In essen-ce, as the effect of the air we breathe sustains life on earth so does the new birth experience preserve life for eternity.
John 3:9 “Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?”
Although Nicodemus was a learned man, a teacher and a religious leader in Israel; yet he was confused and perplexed to hear this mandate of God for us from the mouth of Jesus.
Actually, this aspect of Christ’s revelation of the new birth is so indispensable an experience; and this all important statement concerning eternal life is lost to many in religious circles as well as missed by many people around us who are satisfied in playing religion.
There are many people like Nicodemus, who you may probably confront, whom do not believe in the possi-bilities of living a life free from sin in this morally de-praved world. They will quip in sarcasm because they are naysayers.
But the truth is, despite the fact that many educated people are around us, they are all at sea: they do not seem to have a grip on the realization that there is freedom from sin in this world where people drink up sin as if they are drinking water. And leaders in religion who are ignorant of this very fact have been blinded from seeing the truth as they end up leading the blind. Hence, if the blind leads the blind, the Bible tells us that the result will be catastrophic and disastrous because they will fall into the ditch.
That is the reason Jesus, in expressing disapproval to Nicodemus’ spiritual state of health, had to ask him the question in John 3:10 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?”
The truth remains that Nicodemus, a ruler and spiritual leader of the people, was stack ignorant of the very word of truth he had been teaching the crowd of inno-cent and easily deceived multitude; and such a spiritual ineptitude could lead to dare consequences for the unsuspecting crowd of followers who rely on Nico-demus for spiritual guidance.
Matthew 15:14 “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”
Nicodemus was a natural ordinary man without the sub-stance of the grace of God, and as a result, he reason-ed like the very quantity he represented.
I Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
As it was at that time, so it is today. The natural man may be a member of a local church, he may acquire educational background, he may know all the voca-bularies and lexicons of the Bible, yet he is still in his natural unfinished state, and he cannot decode and decipher the concept of salvation from sin. But when God opens your mind’s eye and your spiritual eye, you will understand that it is the wisdom of God to get men saved from sin. And I pray that today, He will grant you that wisdom in Jesus name.
John 3:11-12 “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?” Jesus had told him the essence of being born again, which can only take place no where else but on earth; yet he did not believe. If born again is an experience for the creature of earth (humanity), but the creature, especially the preachers who are meant to be grounded in it, lack the clues, then there is a fundamental failure on their part.