Yesterday we looked at being born again from a butterflies perspective. Today we will look at being born again from the perspective of being born as man. It is so important to understand the full meaning of this statement in John. Marvel not that I said unto thee, you must be born again. John 3:7 This statement has been scoffed at by many who made fun of those Born Agains. Clearly they have no understanding of what this means. When a lot of the demeaning talk of Born Agains began is when Jimmy Carter while running for President said he was a Born Again Christian. It brought this term from the Bible to light. Jimmy might not go down as a great president, but he was not ashamed to say that He was Born Again. This is what it means, and how we become Born Again;
I say unto thee, except a man be Born of water and the spirit, He cannot enter the kingdom of God. John 3:5 Being born of water is when we are born from our mothers womb. We are encased in water in the womb, the water breaks and we are born. That is the first birth. We grow as a man and the time comes when we must be born of the spirit. It’s different for everyone but we all must be born of the spirit to be able to enter the kingdom of God. Entering the Kingdom of God is life changing. We do become a new creature, like the butterfly. We might look the same but on the inside we are brand new. Old things are passed away and we are new creations. We began a new journey, one that is walking with the Lord. We have given our life to Him, and will live eternally with Him. When we do come to the Lord and give our life to Him he forgives us of our sins those are all the old things. We are now born of the Spirit. We start out on our journey with the Lord brand new. Don’t miss it, being Born Again is very real, and important in every life. Lets all become butterflies and be set free from our old life.
Jesus traveled to Jerusalem. When he got to the Mount of Olives He sent two of His disciples to go and get a colt that he might ride it into Jerusalem. I always thought it was a donkey, or burro but the King James says a colt. Anyway they went right away and found the colt right where He told them. They borrowed it from the owner by telling Him the Lord has need of your colt. They took it to Jesus and put him up on the colt and Jesus began the decent down the Mount of Olives. His disciples and a multitude of people were shouting. rejoicing and praising God as Jesus approached . The Pharisees were angered and asked Jesus to make the people stop worshiping Him. Jesus said” I tell you, if they keep quiet, the rocks will cry out.” Luke 19:40 I have always loved this portion of the Lords journey and often thought of His statement that the Rocks would cry out. All of creation praises Him. I know that but Rocks are so inanimate. I do love rocks though! I have a collection because I think they are such a beautiful part of creation. But I just could never imagine the rocks praising the Lord.
Recently I heard about something called The Kindness Rock Project. My granddaughter was painting rocks with little cheerful messages and pretty pictures. She told me its a national thing. I looked on the internet and sure enough I found it and many photo’s of rocks people had painted. The intent is to hide a beautiful painted rock along your path so someone might come along and be blessed. It is not just national, it is international. Guess what, I now paint rocks. I hid my first one yesterday. I found that many of the people put scriptures on their rocks and encouraging words to help someone along the way. I am putting scripture on the back of most of my rocks. I worked on these rocks with great joy imagining who might find my rock. While I worked I thought of those rocks that would cry out. So many people are not praising the Lord, many openly making fun of the Lord and mocking Christianity. It occurred to me that maybe the rocks are crying out. With that thought I am super excited to paint these rocks. I find it’s just another way I can get His word out and praise the Lord myself. Below is a picture of some of my rocks. My printing is not good but if they can read it I’m happy. My husband has even painted some rocks.