Hebrews 1:2 “…Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…”
As I read these words “…spoken unto us by his Son…”, I thought about the ministry of Jesus, the many things that He did and said.
Luke recorded what the Lord spoke about the purpose of His coming –
Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
The last words spoken by Jesus as He died on the cross were –
John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
From His birth to His death on the cross, He carried out the will of God. The prophets had spoken of God’s will and the Lord Jesus fulfilled that will. His life ministry, preaching, and teaching was recorded that we might have the record of His purpose.
The Apostle John told us –
John 20:31 “…these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
Let’s consider what the Lord has spoken to us. When I think about the prophecies made, the prophecies fulfilled, and the prophecies to be fulfilled, I think of that which was spoken by the Lord to a teacher in Israel. The man is Nicodemus, and he was called by the Lord a “Master in Israel.”
It is interesting to note that with his knowledge of the Word of God – the prophecies made, the prophecies fulfilled, and the prophecies to be fulfilled, the Lord only spoke to him about one thing.
John 3:1-3 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
“God has spoken to us in these last days by His Son.” The question we want to answer today is what do these words mean? “Ye must be born again”.
Being born once, we are in this world, but we are incomplete. We know that we need more than we have and set out to fulfil ourselves. When Nicodemus met with Jesus, even he was seeking something, though he was a master of religion in Israel. He knew that God was working through this man, Jesus, in a way in which he did not understand. Jesus instructed Nicodemus in the simple truth of that which no other thing can fulfil – “Ye must be born again”.
Being born once leads us to question “Why am I here”?
We endeavor to find completion through –
Personal industry and accumulating material goods,
Education, accumulating knowledge,
Control of mind and body through physical exercise, (martial arts, yoga…)
Being one with nature through spiritual environmentalism,
The absolute atheist who seeks peace of mind through his belief in reality only,
And then there is Religion. People are seeking answers to the reason of life!
Being “Born Again” answers the questions of life and brings peace with God.
Again, Paul reminded us in Hebrews 1:2 that God “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…”
Lets look this morning in John 3 what His Son, Jesus, said –
I. The Response to Nicodemus. John 3:3-7
A. The command given to Nicodemus. John 3:3,7
3:3 “…Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 3:7 “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
B. The confusion of Nicodemus. John 3:4
“How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?”
1. He understood as those of the world. Things have not changed throughout the ages –
Isaiah 6:9-10 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
2. He underestimated who he was talking to. He thought he was talking to a man of God instead of God the man, Jesus Christ!
C. The clarification given to Nicodemus. John 3:5-7
1. The explanation. John 3:5,6 The couplet
2. The exhortation. 3:7 No other plan for salvation exist. “…Ye must…”
Next we learn of –
II. The Requirement of God. John 3:14 Salvation comes with a price – paid in full by God!
Romans 5:8-10 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Knowing what the Lord said to Nicodemus, we need to understand why He said it –
III. The Reason. John 3:15-18
A. God’s desire for all. John 3:15 “…should not perish, but have eternal life.”
B. God’s love for all. John 3:16 “For God so loved…”
C. God’s grace for all. John 3:17,18
“…but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
According to the Word of God, that which was spoken by the prophets and in the last times by His Son, all men are sinners in need of the Saviour! God has removed all confusion. We do not have to examine ourselves by our works to decide whether we are good enough to get into Heaven. None of us are good enough! “… for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” Paul wrote in
Romans 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
We all need to be saved and when we call upon the Lord for that salvation, it is forever! We do not have to decide if we are good enough to get into Heaven and we do not have to decide whether we live good enough to make it into Heaven.
Both giving and keeping our salvation is the work of God! Praise His name!
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” This is the message that the Lord spoke – “Ye must be born again” Are you born again?
The prophets spoke –
Isaiah 49:7-8 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee. Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
And the Lord led the New Testament writers –
2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Believe, turning to God for salvation today!