“BORN AND BORN AGAIN!”

“JESUS ANSWERED AND SAID TO HIM, ‘TRULY, TRULY, I SAY TO YOU, UNLESS ONE IS BORN AGAIN HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD.'” JOHN 3:3 NIV

READ: JOHN 3:1-36

IF YOU FISH, YOU HAVE PROBABLY HEARD OF CRAPPIE (PRONOUNCED KROP-E’). MANY YEARS AGO, WHEN MY YOUNGEST SON WAS ABOUT 10, I TOOK HIM AND A NEIGHBOR BOY CRAPPIE FISHING IN SOUTH TEXAS. WE FOUND THE PERFECT SPOT AND STARTED LOADING OUR BOAT WITH CRAPPIE. I SPENT MOST OF MY TIME RIGGING THE BOYS’ LINES AND PUTTING FISH IN THE ICE CHEST.

ALL AT ONCE, MY ROD DOUBLED OVER. I WAS ABLE TO REEL IN A CRAPPIE THAT WEIGHED JUST UNDER FOUR POUNDS. THIS WAS AN AMAZING FISH, SINCE MOST CRAPPIE CAUGHT RANGE FROM ONE TO TWO POUNDS. FROM A BASS BOAT ABOUT 100 FEET AWAY, A MAN YELLED IN A SOUTHERN DRAWL; “THAT’S A MOUNTIN’ CRAPPIE!”. I TOLD HIM I HAD HEARD OF BLACK CRAPPIE AND WHITE CRAPPIE, BUT NEVER OF ‘MOUNTAIN CRAPPIE’. AFTER SPITTING OUT A HUGE WAD OF CHEWING TOBACCO, HE YELLED BACK: “MOUNTIN’ CRAPPIE….YOU PUT IT ON A BOARD AND YOU MOUNT IT ON THE WALL!”.

WHAT WE SAY IS NOT ALWAYS HEARD AS WHAT WE MEAN. WHAT WE HEAR IS NOT ALWAYS WHAT ANOTHER SAID.

THERE WAS A CONVERSATION BETWEEN JESUS AND NICODEMUS OF BEING BORN AGAIN. NICODEMUS HAD A PROBLEM UNDERSTANDING WHAT JESUS WAS TELLING HIM. NICODEMUS WAS NOT ALONE. THESE VERSES ARE SOME OF THE MOST UNDERSTOOD VERSES BY THOSE WHO ARE NON-BELIEVERS. AS CONFUSING AS SOME WOULD BELIEVE, THESES VERSES ARE SOME OF THE EASIEST WORDS OF GOD’S WORDS TO UNDERSTAND. NOT ONLY SHOULD WE UNDERSTAND JESUS WORDS, WE SHOULD BE EXCITED TO TELL OTHERS THE REAL MEANING OF BEING BORN AGAIN.

AS NICODEMUS HEARD JESUS, HE IMAGINED BEING BORN AGAIN AS RETURNING TO A MOTHER’S WOMB TO BE BORN AGAIN! JESUS CAREFULLY EXPLAINED THE DIFFERENCE OF BEING BORN AS AN EARTHLY CHILD AND BEING BORN AGAIN OF THE SPIRIT.

YOU MAY CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY WITH A PARTY AND CAKE. PEOPLE WHO CARE FOR YOU MAY GIVE YOU PRESENTS TO CELEBRATE. DO YOU CELEBRATE YOUR BORN AGAIN BIRTH DATE? JESUS GAVE YOU THE BEST PRESENT YOU WILL EVER GET. JESUS TOOK AWAY THE DEATH OF SIN WHEN HE GAVE YOU ETERNAL LIFE. BEING BORN AGAIN IS THE ONLY WAY TO HAVE ETERNITY WITH GOD.

IF YOU ARE NOT BORN AGAIN, IS IT NOT TIME? GIVE YOURSELF TO JESUS TODAY AND ACCEPT HIS GIVE OF SALVATION AND A ONE WAY TICKET TO HEAVEN!

TODAY’S PRAYER: “JESUS, THANK YOU FOR FORGIVING ME OF ALL MY TERRIBLE MISTAKES. THANK YOU FOR GIVING YOUR LIFE SO THAT I MAY LIVE. BEING BORN AGAIN IS MORE THAN JUST TWO WORDS TO ME. BEING BORN AGAIN IS A WAY OF LIFE. THANK YOU FOR LOVING ME. AMEN.”