WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE "BORN AGAIN"?
One of the happiest times in life is when a mother gives birth to a healthy baby boy or girl. There was a specific time and place when you were born. At that time, you were given the last name of your father and your parents may have noticed how much you looked like them. Most people even remember their birthday with a time of celebration each year. Even though the day you were born was an important day, it was not the most important day of your life.
"There was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:1-8)
Jesus says that this physical birth is not enough to enter into "the kingdom of God." The new birth is a spiritual birth and not a physical or visible birth. To be "born again" simply means to be born anew into God's family. It means to become a child of God. The first step is to receive Jesus Christ.
To "receive" Jesus Christ means to accept Him by faith to be your very own Lord and Saviour from sin and Hell. The Lord Jesus died on the cross to pay for your sin so that you would not be condemned for your sin (Romans 8:1). He then arose from the dead so you too will live through Him (I Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus suffered your penalty so that you could be brought into right relationship with God (I Peter 3:18). He is your only way to everlasting life (John 14:6). The day you call upon Jesus and receive Him, you are saved from perishing and become a member of God's family (Romans 10:13).
Jesus Christ wants you to come to Heaven but you can only come to heaven if you are born again. Have you ever accepted Jesus Christ into your heart? Jesus says, Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me (Rev 3:20). Jesus also said, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by Me (John 14:6). If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, why not take a bold step today because tomorrow may be too late.
The choice is yours.