In John 3, Jesus tells Nicodemus that a man must be born again to see the Kingdom of God and a man must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God.
Jesus wants you to know today that unless you are transformed through the Holy Spirit and you are born again, not only will you not be able to enter His Kingdom, you also won’t be able to see His Kingdom.
Can you see the Kingdom?
That is such a tough question and if you looked up towards the sky you aren’t alone. But surely Jesus was giving us a valuable insight into what it means to be born again and that we would see the Kingdom. When Jesus taught the Disciples to pray he says:-
‘Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven’
We can and should expect to see the Kingdom, on earth, now – we don’t have to wait until we die, we can experience the Kingdom of God here on earth. Jesus tells us in John 3 that to see His Kingdom we must be Born Again!
What a powerful revelation!
What does it mean to see the Kingdom on earth? For me it was very clear that I was experiencing the Kingdom on earth when I realized that I felt quite different about different groups of people – people who weren’t from my tribe, who weren’t the same race as Me. I was raised in a culture of extreme racism. I was brought up during Apartheid and I was taught (not by my parents) to be a racist. Whether I understood it or not, my attitude towards people of different races was formed through a terrible, divisive set of laws that kept me apart from other people and had me convinced that we could not and should not be together.
And then Jesus stepped in. When I gave my life to Jesus I was convicted to beg for forgiveness for my racist attitudes, to be completely forgiven and to start afresh. Jesus changed my heart and gave me a heart for all nations.
It is important to understand that as a born again follower of Christ I no longer have a primary connection to my race or my tribe when it comes to my identity. I am in Christ. I am, first and foremost a Christian. Yes, my race and my tribe is sacred and very important. My culture is important and is to be celebrated but only in light of my identity in Christ. The same goes for every person I meet. As a follower of Christ I believe that God created every human being and that He loves every person as much as He loves me. God doesn’t see my tribe or my race or my culture when He defines my value. I am intrinsically valuable because of who created me. And so are you.
In Revelation 5 we read:
“And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.””
Revelation 5:9-10 ESV
Read that carefully, Jesus has ransomed all of us. Every tribe, language and nation. He didn’t leave anyone out. We are all free to choose Christ as our Saviour. We are all invited.
And when we accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour, by His Spirit, we are Born Again, transformed and The Holy Spirit begins and finishes a work of sanctification. As a follower of Christ our attitude toward people who are different, changes. We are able to love. We are able to forgive and to ask for forgiveness. We are given a heart of love for our neighbors and we will stop thinking in terms of race or tribe or language or nation.
We can, and will, start loving like Jesus. We start realising and experience the most important Race, the Human Race!
Have you asked Jesus into your heart?
He loves you and He yearns for a relationship with you. Jesus transforms and He will transform you.
If you let Him.
Bless you in Jesus name.