Saturday, December 28, 2013

Born Again

John 3:1  Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2  He came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God." 3  Jesus answered him, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above." 4  Nicodemus said to him, "How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother's womb and be born?" 5  Jesus answered, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6  What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7  Do not be astonished that I said to you, 'You must be born from above.' 8  The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."

The Apostle John reminds us that in order to understand Jesus we need to become like a child - literally ‘born again’. And the best moment to discover children exhibiting faith is at Christmas time.

Look to the wonder and curiosity of children at Christmas, and learn how to live before our Creator.

5. All things New
The Scripture passage for the day is drawn from Reuben Job and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants, (Nashville, The Upper Room 1983), 39.
This reflection is from my own devotional exercises for the day.    

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