It’s been more than thirty years since I first heard what, at the time, struck me as a bewildering statement. Back then, I had no idea that the command, “You must be born again,” came straight out of Jesus’ mouth. Nor, like the man to whom it was spoken, did I know what the Lord meant.
In the span of years since, I’ve come to realize both the reality and significance of the fact that Jesus, after saying these words to his late night visitor, never went on to give Nicodemus a precise recipe for how it was to be accomplished. As much as human nature might wish otherwise, the omission was intentional.
In today’s Father of the Inklings podcast noted Christian author Michael Phillips takes a closer look at this oft misunderstood command. I find his conclusions to be refreshingly insightful and encourage us to allow it to challenge our thinking.