THE BASIS OF THE NEW BIRTH – 2

Bible Reading: John 3:1-21

“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”  [John 3:16]

Jesus continues His sharing with Nicodemus but now explains to him the basis upon which a person can be born from above. In other words, He is summing up the Gospel. The bad news is that humanity is utterly lost because of sin, but the Gospel is good news. Let’s take a closer look at John 3:16.

The Gospel is God initiative. He first loved us [1 John 4:19]. Paul wrote, “God put His love on the line for us by offering His Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to Him” [Romans 5:8 The Message].

The Gospel is God’s love in action. God loved fallen humanity. He loved us so much that He was prepared to give His only Son to bear the penalty of our sin. God doesn’t just love – He is love! Love always gives the best. In the words of Darlene Zshcech, He gave the “darling of heaven” to be crucified. Oswald Chambers said, “The love of God is not in accordance with human standards in any way.”

The Gospel is for everybody. It does not matter what culture we come from, or what depths of failure, shame and depravity we may have fallen to. You can replace the word “whoever” in our text today with your own name. No one is beyond the reach of God’s love.

The Gospel gives us hope. Jesus promises us eternal life! It was once said, “Born once die twice, Born twice die once. It is not that one day we will receive eternal life – if you have been born again you already have eternal life! To be born again is to be in Christ, the hope of glory!

The Gospel is received by Faith. In John 1:12-13 the writer explained that we are not saved because of our family background, or of human effort, or by the will of someone else. Billy Graham once said, “because you were born in a garage it doesn’t make you a car, and because you were born in a church it doesn’t make you a Christian!” We have to make the personal choice to believe on Jesus Christ. We confess our sin and receive His forgiveness and as we do that we are born again. Our spirit is made alive. To believe on Him means to trust Him, to lean upon Him, adhere to Him, to honour Him and to let Him be the Lord of every part of your life!

Questions:

We may have heard this message many times but we should never lose its freshness and vibrancy. Is this still as real and exciting for you today as the day that you received Christ as Saviour?

Will you rejoice today in the simplicity of the Gospel and share it with someone today?