Monday, March 6th
READ: John 3:1-12
Prior to Jesus coming on the scene, the law was being taught as a means to salvation, simply a list of "to do's and "not to do's" had become the standard. Yet, the Bible says, none are good, all have sinned, that all have fallen short, and the wage of our sin is death. Matthew 5:6 says, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled." This is the opposite of the self righteousness taught by the Pharisees. This is about us letting go. This is about us realizing we are separated from God, regardless of our endless attempts to establish a righteousness on our own.
Our blessedness in God is realized in our brokenness before God.
In John 3, Jesus meets a Pharisee named Nicodemus, and we see this confrontation of how one thinks his right standing is enough, but Jesus shows him the truth. Jesus reads the heart of Nicodemus and goes right to the problem. "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." This new birth is an act of God, and eternal life is a gift; it is imparted to the believer. Jesus was showing Nicodemus that his spiritual state was not one filled with the blessedness of God because he had never experienced the brokenness of a new birth.
There is a response we must have to what God has offered through his Son. The charge is for us to respond. To be faithful; not a people merely trying to do a bunch of works for personal gain or personal merit, but rather a people wholly dependent on Christ alone, who is enough for us. Is He enough for you today?
PRAY: Lord help us see Your divine miracle in our lives. This amazing grace that has been imparted to us. This life we have received, through our new birth, a spiritual birth. Teach us Lord, like Jesus taught Nicodemus that this life is not so much about what we do, but rather it's about how we respond to what He has already done. Father, help us be responsive people, a regenerative people, who are wholly dependent on your promises.