A Season of Birth
The very righteous Jewish ruler Nicodemus came to Jesus at night. No doubt he did not want his Jewish associates to know he was consulting with this highly controversial Jesus.
Intrigue brought him to Jesus and he said Rabbi, we know you are of God because no man can do these miracles that you are doing except God be with him.
Jesus interrupted his curiosity and told him unless he is born again, he won’t see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus asked if he was saying that he had to enter his mother’s womb again to be born again?
Jesus said being born in the flesh is one thing, but you must be born of the Spirit if you want to enter the kingdom of God. He went on to tell him that failure to believe in the Son condemns you, but if you come to the true light with who you are, God does not condemn you, he loves you, and will give you eternal life through the Son (John 3:1-21).
Mary was engaged to be married to Joseph. The angel Gabriel came and told her she was going to conceive and have a son she would call Jesus. Mary asked the angel how that could happen because she was not having sex with Joseph or any other man.
The angel answered and said the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of God, would come upon her and the holy thing born of her shall be called the Son of God. The angel told of how her cousin Elizabeth, who was too old to have children, was now in her sixth month of pregnancy, letting her know that with God nothing shall be impossible.
With this, Mary gave her life to the Lord saying “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1: 26-38).
Mary learned by giving her life to the Lord and allowing the Spirit of God to operate in her life, the holy Son of God would be born. Religious Nicodemus learned that by giving one’s life to the Lord and allowing the Spirit of God to work in his life, there would be a spiritual birth.
Religious intrigue and curiosity about the things of God can be satisfied by simply yielding one’s life to God and allowing the Spirit of God to reveal the Son of God, Jesus. It is the God of the impossible who can birth the Son into your life forever. Merry Christmas to all!
Jackie Calhoun is a contributing writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.