Read: John 3:1-36
I remember the day. I remember the moment I fell to the floor and cried. I remember claiming Romans 8:28 that God will work all things together for good for those who love God.
A close family member was sentenced to two years in prison. Two years felt like a life sentence. The judge had made a decision; fear and worry was crushing for my whole family.
In our passage today, we are told that the world has been sentenced. John 3:18 tells us, “whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
The judge has spoken. The world is condemned. The amazing thing is that the judge is our Father, and He provides our way out.
Jesus explains the way out to Nicodemus in their nighttime meeting. Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
Jesus used an example from Old Testament history when the Israelites were snake bitten. They were going to die. Then God told Moses to put a snake at the top of a stick and lift it high. If the people looked upon it, they would be healed.
The rebirth Jesus explained to Nicodemus would happen in the same way. Jesus would be lifted high on a cross. Those that look to Jesus for the lifting of their sentence of condemnation would find life.
This rebirth provides two critical components. First, the sentence of condemnation is removed. Secondly, the Holy Spirit is given. Like the wind, this rebirth by the Spirit of God cannot be seen. But the effects will be seen and experienced.
If you have placed your hope in the saving work of Jesus Christ, you have been set free and given a new life. You are no longer imprisoned by condemnation, sin, and death. Our new challenge is living this new life in the light of God’s direction.
We have been set free to live in the light of God’s ways and purposes. We no longer have to choose the ways of sin and death. As believers, we are forgiven and empowered.
The light is a blessing. It is to illuminate our paths and our lives. Don’t be afraid of the exposure. The light does not condemn us, but it can reveal our need to return to the Father.
Coming into the light might mean sharing a struggle you are having with a Christian friend. Coming into the light might mean bringing your disappointments, bitterness, or frustrations to God and pouring your heart out in prayer. Coming into the light might mean you ask Jesus to remove your sentence of condemnation and to give you His Spirit.
Don’t be afraid; come into the light!
In your Going Deeper Participant Guide, let’s look at Day 4 beginning on page 11. Complete Look at the Details and Personal Application sections. Then come back here and share your answer to the following question in the comment section below. (You can find the comment section at the bottom of this message. Just scroll down and you’ll see the words “Post a Comment.” Click there and share your responses.)
"Do you have any relationships where you are real about what is happening in your heart? If yes, what is the value in those relationships? If not, what are you afraid of?"
I will be posting my responses in the comment section too, so I hope to see you there! #undividedwomen