The Jesus Code: “Born Again?” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 40 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

 

This week’s question: “How can a man be born when he is old?” (John 3.4).

The chapter opens:

This question came immediately after one of Jesus’ most famous declarations: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3: 3). And this question was asked by a man named Nicodemus, who was the epitome of moral righteousness and theological acumen, yet he had entirely missed the point of Jesus’ teaching. Jesus was not speaking of a physical birth, but of a spiritual birth.

… it is essential to grasp the meaning— the who, the when, and the what— of this engaging dialogue that took place in a dark alley of a silent night in the city of Jerusalem two millennia ago. Why? Because, like Nicodemus, you too “must be born again.”

First “who”: Who was asking this important question?

Nicodemus was a Pharisee, a member of the Jewish Sanhedrin. He was a leader. He had power, prestige, and popularity, but he knew something was missing.

Next the “when”:

Nicodemus came to Jesus at night. The Scriptures don’t say why, but commentators have speculated that he didn’t want to be seen by his colleagues or perhaps he didn’t want to fight the crowds that followed Jesus by day. Or as Hawkins suggests, maybe he just couldn’t wait to talk to Jesus.

That made me wonder if Nicodemus was struggling to sleep with all the stories he had heard about Jesus’ miracles, all the criticisms from his friends and fellow Jewish leaders, and all the questions running around is his head. Hawkins: Continue reading