Read: John 3:1-10
Nicodemus was a learned man, leader of the Jews. Yet he was confused by Jesus and the stuff he was doing and saying. So he came in the night to question Jesus. Was he afraid others would think less of him if they found out that he could not fathom Jesus? Nonetheless, he wanted to know how someone can be born again since that is a ridiculous notion: a big physical body cannot reenter a womb. Jesus probably chuckled at the notion before giving his answer. He was preaching about spiritual re-birth.
Lent is the time when we pause and reflect on our relationship with God and the supreme sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. No amount of self-denial of chocolates, cakes and pork during Lent is worth anything in our spiritual journey. Too often we concentrate on giving up some non-consequential thing instead of adding what is most important - a deeper relationship with God. It’s a wonderful time to be grateful for life and the gifts that have been showered on us - a time to renew our faith in the goodness of our ever-present God - a time to be re-born.
All to Jesus I surrender…Make me Savior wholly thine…Judson Van de Venter