Devo So you know Jesus is for real
John 3:1-3 New International Version (NIV)
3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 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.”
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.
Few scriptures have dumbfounded me more than what I read here. This is a Pharisee who knows scripture inside out. This is all they study day and night. Now John 1:1-3 tells us Jesus is God and He is the word. Nicodemus states that he and the Jewish ruling council know Jesus is from God and yet Nicodemus comes to Jesus alone and at night. He does not want to be seen and it become known he was with Jesus and yet he says they know Jesus is from God. I don’t know, but were they stupid or what? Now I ask you if a messenger for God who was healing people, raising the dead, showed up in your church or town and you knew he was from God would you not want to be seen with Him, or at least go hear Him? Keep in mind this is the bunch that will nail Jesus to the cross.
Luke 17:20-21 King James Version (KJV) 20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Jesus declares we must be born again to see the Kingdom of God; you can’t just go out and look for it. It’s not even a thing. It’s a relationship. The Pharisee couldn’t handle that. They loved to boast about what they knew or did. They thought it was by works. They wanted to earn it not humble themselves and repent. They were more interested in justifying themselves, not repenting and being baptized. They never came to know Him because they were unwilling to repent.
1 Corinthians 15:50-54 King James Version (KJV) 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
This flesh does not inherit the kingdom because we can’t make ourselves like Him. God does that through Christ. He makes us like Him perfect and transforms us. Don’t think you are just a good person and so you will be accepted. You must accept the Word, Jesus first, and repent then He will accept you and make Himself known to you.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane