"Jesus answered and said unto him, 'Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.'" (Jn. 3:3).
"Nicodemus said unto Him, 'How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?'" (Jn. 3:4).
"Jesus answered, 'Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto you, you must be born again. The wind blows where it chooses to blow, and you hear the sound of it, but can not tell from where it comes, and where it goes: so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit.'" (Jn. 3:5-8).
Here are some observations I have gleaned from "ease-dropping" on this conversation:
* Nicodemus came to Jesus after it was dark. He was afraid to be seen with Him.
* He was respectful, calling Jesus "Rabbi," a term meaning "Master" or "Teacher."
* He recognized that it was God who enabled Jesus to work miracles.
* In the greatest non-sequitur ever, Jesus cut to the chase: "you need to be born again!"
* In order to see the Kingdom, you must recognize the King.
* Nicodemus asked how a man could be born again.
* Jesus told him:
- all men are born of water (natural, physical birth).
- but to recognize Me, a man must be born of the Holy Spirit.
- like the invisible wind, the Spirit comes and goes.
- when He chooses, you will be born spiritually.
It is the Holy Spirit who convicts you of your sin, and of your need for a Savior (Jn. 16:7-11). When He determines that the time is right, the Holy Spirit will reveal to you, the identity of Jesus Christ (Jn. 16:13-15). He will reveal to you the Gospel, which is the very power of God which saves, which is enough for you to comprehend and believe in Jesus (Jn. 14:17, 26; Rom. 1:16-20; 1 Jn. 2:20, 27). He will give you a new, a spiritual birth, when you believe what He is saying to you (Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Pet. 1:23)! The Word, in John 1:11-13, God says:
"He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."