Prayer (5 minutes):
- Sit for 2 minutes without saying anything. Just welcome the Spirit to meet with you.
- Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to let the Gospel wash over you. Pray your heart would be open.
- Thank God for the simplicity of the Gospel message. Praise Him for his sacrifice.
- Think of 1 person who you can reach out today to share the news of the Gospel with. Commit to sharing the simple Gospel story today.
Scripture (5 minutes): Read the passage below. Take your time. What is the phrase that resonates with you the most?
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.
We make the Gospel so difficult.
He understands intellectually that Jesus is from God, but cannot piece together in his mind how the message Jesus is telling manifests itself in real life. It’s too simple. It’s too kind. It needs some work or explanation or payment in order for it to feel more genuine.
Jesus responds by explaining the simplicity of the Gospel through an analogy. It’s like the wind. You can’t see it, or fully comprehend it but you know it’s there and you trust it’s real. The Gospel, Jesus says, is much the same.
It doesn’t take a biblical scholar (like Nicodemus was) to interpret or understand. The Son of Man (Jesus) was lifted up and sacrificed because you and I are as guilty as we often feel.
When he died, he paid the price for our failures, our ineptness, our sin. If we simply believe in His sacrifice and are “born again” in His love – we’re marked entirely innocent.
Insane? Yeah. So is the wind. God created our human race, the wind, and all that exists around us for His glory. We just need to get out of the way and remember His promises to us.