Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” “How can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked him. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?”
A Celebration of Birth
Have you ever noticed how babies change the people around them? You can see the pride emanating from a new mom or dad introducing their child for the first time. You can feel the giddiness from a grandparent as they scroll through the thousands of photos they have of their new grandchild. The adoration even extends beyond family lines as friends, co-workers, and neighbors dote on a new baby.
I think Jesus knew how babies have a way of interrupting our lives in the best way. In John 3, Jesus tells Nicodemus that “unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” As Nicodemus thinks about what Jesus is saying, he gets stuck on what literal birth means. However, Jesus uses this metaphor to point us to the fact that the kingdom of heaven doesn’t always look the way we think it should.
It’s Something Greater
Consider what Nicodemus must have thought after hearing this from Jesus. First, as a Jew, Nicodemus would have valued his Jewish heritage highly. Would being born again require him to give up something he valued for something greater? Second, as a Jewish leader, he probably assumed he knew what the kingdom of God looked like. But ultimately, he knew something was missing from his life. He needed a divine interruption, whether he realized it or not.
It’s the same kind of divine intervention we all need. The distractions in our lives keep us from seeing the kingdom of God. Although it may be uncomfortable, we may have to give up things we value for something greater. We learn from this passage that, like Nicodemus, we’re never too old to be born again.
You may be thinking, “I am already born again, so why does this matter?” When is the last time you allowed Jesus to truly interrupt your life? A long time ago in Bethlehem, a baby came into the world. Although His birth didn’t look like many thought it should look, His entrance interrupted the world in the very best way.
What areas of your life need divine interruption? Be on the lookout for the unique ways God might be working in your life. It might not look like what you anticipate.