A man came to Jesus at night. Before he asked a single question, Jesus made a powerful statement, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). The guy Jesus spoke to was a religious leader in Israel named Nicodemus. Nicodemus may have not understood what it meant to be born again, but he knew what the kingdom of God was.
The Old Testament is filled with references to the coming King and the coming Kingdom. This would be a time when a Ruler, a descendant of David, of the tribe of Judah would rule from Jerusalem. This would be a time of economic prosperity, incredible joy, and the peace only God can give (both personally and nationally). The Old Testament makes no mention, however, of the need to be born again. So, what does it mean? Thankfully the New Testament gives us the answer.
Being born again is the conception of new life that takes place the moment a person believes the Lord Jesus Christ is God and has completed salvation through His death on the cross (John 3:5-8, 15-19; 1 Peter 1:3-5). The first time we are born is at birth; the second birth is when we are come alive from the life of slavery to sin. This birth is available to all who “call upon the name of the Lord.” Will you be born again? Jesus was clear in John 3:17-19 that those who do not believe in Him, are not born again, and will be judged for sin. Choose life!