Life can leave us feeling dead. Have you ever felt that way, breathing and exchanging air but starved for life, longing for change but powerless to make changes, longing for a heaven on earth, the kingdom of God in the here and now? Or do you believe you are living, oblivious to the fact you are really dead? It might be better for you to be one of those who feel dead and are seeking life!
In the third chapter of the Gospel of John, we watch and hear Jesus tell the Pharisee Nicodemus, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” Nicodemus is puzzled and wonders, how can this be? Jesus tells Nicodemus that flesh gives birth to flesh and spirit gives birth to spirit. He tells him that no one has ever gone into heaven except for the Son of Man who came from heaven. He tells him that the Son of Man must be lifted up so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
The apostle John tells us that everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.
The apostle Paul proclaims that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. He describes mankind as dead in their sins. Indeed, the living are the living dead until they believe that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, was lifted up and crucified on a cross to pay the penalty for their sin. Then they are born of God, born of His Spirit – given His life, an eternal, abundant life that begins in the here and now.
The good news is that you don’t have to be living dead. You can be born again to everlasting life. Will you believe in the One who was lifted up and died for you?