“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 and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’” (John 3:1-3) In the above narrative, Nicodemus approached the Lord Jesus Christ at night, no doubt because he feared being seen and ridiculed, or worse, by his fellow Pharisee rulers. Yet, he could not deny the miracles which he had seen. He had to know what this Man was about. The Lord wasted no time in getting to the heart of Nicodemus’ problem. Although he was a religious ruler and had thus partaken of many, many Jewish rituals and kept probably hundreds of Jewish laws, he could not with these achievements to his credit be permitted into the kingdom of God. He needed to be “born again.” We are made privy to the thoughts of Nicodemus when we read his next question to the Lord. “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?’” (John 3:4) Nicodemus was thus thinking of and puzzled by another physical birth. The Lord helped him to understand by this next illustration that it was a new spiritual birth that is required to see and enter into the kingdom of heaven…

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