Design of the Week 090308 – Motee Born Again

September 3, 2008 at 6:30 am | Posted in Designs of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week, we’ll look at the Motee design called Born Again. The design comes from John 3 when Jesus spoke to Nicodemus:

 

Joh 3:1  Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;

Joh 3:2  this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”

Joh 3:3  Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Joh 3:4  Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?”

Joh 3:5  Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Joh 3:6  “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Joh 3:7  “Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’

Joh 3:8  “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

 

Nicodemus was an important Pharisee and came to Jesus by night to prevent from being ridiculed and ostracized. Nicodemus compliments Jesus, and Jesus tells him that he needs to be born again to see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus misunderstands Jesus and wants to know how a man could enter in his mother’s womb again. Jesus clarifies the term “born again” as being born of “water and the Spirit”. Being born of water is the natural birth. Being born of the Spirit is to be reconciled to God by receiving the gift of God found in Jesus Christ. Through His death and resurrection we can be born again.

 

If we are seeking the kingdom of God, we will be born again. We will do like the woman at the well and recognize that we are sinners. We will realize that our sin will keep us from heaven. We will acknowledge our sins and then recognize that Jesus is more than a man, a teacher, or a prophet. We will recognize that Jesus is the God-promised Messiah of the world. We will receive the gift of salvation through Christ and will be saved from our sins.

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