4. Easter’s Spring Setting Offers New Life Everywhere
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I love that Easter is around springtime. After a season of winter, the earth starts bringing forth new growth. Little blades of grass start growing, and the branches of trees fill with tiny buds. Spring is a wonderful say God proves His ability to renew life.
And as we look around, we see ways to talk about the new birth someone experiences when they trust in what Jesus did on the cross. In John 3:2-7, Nicodemus was watching all the miracles that Jesus performed when he told Jesus that he must be of God. Jesus tells Nicodemus unless a person is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus doesn’t understand. A man can’t go back into his mother’s womb, can he? Patiently, Jesus repeats, a man needs to be born again, born of water and the Spirit.
The simplest way to explain being born again is this: when we are born of flesh, because of the fall, we are born sinners. No one ever taught us how to sin, but we sin. To be born again, being born of the spirit happens the moment we realize when Jesus died on the cross, it was for sinners—but more specifically, for us. And when we believe that, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13).
I still remember the moment I was born again. I was on my way home from a Bible study where I heard about what Jesus had done on the cross. And on that ride, as the raindrops slid down the window of my friend’s car, I saw clearly why Jesus died. I realized when he was on the cross, it was because of our sins, and that my sins were included.
No longer did I hope I was going to heaven, but from that moment on, I knew I was going because of what it said in 1 John 5:12-13. I knew that I had the Son. Because I recognized I was a sinner and because I believed when Jesus died, he shed his blood for me.
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