Do You Know Jesus?
Can You See My Kingdom?
Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3
In the 3rd Chapter of the book of John, Nicodemus, a member of the
Jewish ruling council, was perplexed when Jesus said, “I tell you the
truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” In
reply, he said, “How can a man be born when he is old? Surely he cannot
enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” And Jesus goes
on to tell him that flesh gives birth to flesh but the Spirit gives
birth to spirit. Let me explain what Jesus meant.
In years past, the phrase, “You must be born again!” has gained much
attention and much ridicule. It has been heard so much, that its
meaning has become obscure. But nevertheless, it is true. And as Jesus
emphatically stated two thousand years ago, we must be born again in
order to see and understand what God sees and understands. Jesus’
kingdom was not of this world and yet He walked the earth telling
everyone, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Or, in other
words, “Change your way of thinking, for God is visiting you through
me. And in order to know what My Father is like and to get a glimpse of
His Kingdom, His way of doing things, you must have new spiritual
‘eyes’. You can’t see it with your natural eyes! You must be born again
spiritually. And it will be like hearing in a new way, too - in a way
you’ve never known before. It’s like getting a fresh start. You can’t
do it with your mind, either. My Spirit has to be placed in you in
order for you to understand.”
Receive the Spirit of God today through Jesus Christ. He is The Key that unlocks the Kingdom.
Listen to the Real Story:
The Good News
Here’s the story of the human race. There is a God, he is alive, and he
created you and he created me. He loves you, and he loves me. And he
wants to be in a relationship with us. That’s the good news.
But the bad news is that every one of us has sinned. And you know about
that. You know that you may lie sometimes, and you may do selfish
things sometimes. God never does. God is without sin. God is perfect,
and he intends for his world to be a perfect place. So sin has created
this chasm between God and us. We are separated from God by our sin.
We cannot make our way back to God on our own. People try to do this
sometimes. They think, “Well, maybe if I go to church enough I’ll earn
my way to him. Or if I give God enough money or do enough good deeds.”
But the fact is that because God’s standard is perfect because God is
holy, I can’t be holy. I can’t be perfect, and neither can you.
All of our efforts fall short, and the really bad news is the Bible
says that the results, the wages, the natural outcome of our sin is
death — spiritual and physical death — separation from God in hell
through all eternity. This is real serious. And if we were left to our
own devices, this is where we would end up — you and me.
But God couldn’t stand for the world to end up that way, so God made
another way. God made a kind of bridge for us to get to him, and that
bridge is the cross. When Jesus died on the cross, he was dying the
death that you and I should have. He was paying the moral debt that you
can’t pay, and I can’t pay either.
Our forgiveness comes not by our earning it, but as a free gift of God.
That’s what grace is. Now it’s a real good thing for you to understand
this, but understanding is not enough. Because right now, you’re still
on the far side of the chasm from God and you must make a choice. You
have to choose to walk across that bridge and to be with God.
The way that you do that is by saying to God, “I confess that I am a
sinner. I know I’ve sinned, and now I receive the gift of forgiveness
because Jesus died in my place. And I ask you to become the forgiver
and the leader of my life.” You can say that prayer right now, and you
can know that you are made right with God and be with him forever.
If You Have Prayed This Prayer:
1. The first thing I would encourage you to do is to
tell someone. This is an important and exciting step. In Romans 10:9 in
the Bible it says, “...if you confess with your mouth," Jesus is Lord, "and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Sharing what happened to you will increase and strengthen your faith.
2. The next thing I would encourage you to do is to
find a local Bible believing church. It is important that we fellowship
with others who are like-minded. The local church is a place where we
can learn more about God and His wonderful plan He has for us. You now
belong to Him and He wants to unfold this plan to you.
3. While you are looking for a church, (ask God to help you find one)
start reading the Bible. The Bible is like God’s love letter to us. Get
a translation that is easy to read and ask God to help you understand
it. *I suggest the New International Version, (NIV) and as a
supplement, The Living Bible, (TLB) which is a paraphrase, but will
help you understand the Bible in layman's language.
If you have prayed this prayer, we'd love to hear from you.
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