1有一个法利赛人，名叫尼哥底母，是犹太人的官。 2这人夜里来见耶稣，说：拉比，我们知道你是由神那里来作师傅的；因为你所行的神迹，若没有神同在，无人能行。 3耶稣回答说：我实实在在的告诉你，人若不重生，就不能见神的国。 4尼哥底母说：人已经老了，如何能重生呢？岂能再进母腹生出来吗？ 5耶稣说：我实实在在的告诉你，人若不是从水和圣灵生的，就不能进神的国。 6从肉身生的就是肉身；从灵生的就是灵。 7我说：你们必须重生，你不要以为希奇。 8风随着意思吹，你听见风的响声，却不晓得从哪里来，往哪里去；凡从圣灵生的，也是如此。 9尼哥底母问他说：怎能有这事呢？ 10耶稣回答说：你是以色列人的先生，还不明白这事吗？ 11我实实在在的告诉你，我们所说的是我们知道的；我们所见证的是我们见过的；你们却不领受我们的见证。 12我对你们说地上的事，你们尚且不信，若说天上的事，如何能信呢？
Scripture: [John 3:1-12]
1 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.”4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” 9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. 10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?
When we preach the gospel and believe in Jesus, we reference "Kingdom of Heaven,” which is our greatest hope. However, where is the Kingdom of Heaven? What is the key to Kingdom of Heaven? How can I get it? In fact, Lord Jesus has already given us the answer in the Gospel of John...
1. Where is the Kingdom of Heaven? Your relationship with God determines whether you are in Kingdom of Heaven.
2. What is the key? The key to Kingdom of Heaven is born again.
3. Go open the door now! Not only see Kingdom of Heaven, but also enter Kingdom of Heaven.
Do we let Jesus take control of our lives? If so, you will taste the grace of Kingdom of God. In it, there will be blessings and promises of life, which are completely different from what many so called “Christians” would have sought after. If someone thinks he believes in Jesus, yet has never "seen" or "entered" the Kingdom of God, one needs to be alarmed.
Points for Thought:
Do you really believe in Lord Jesus?
Are you sure you are in the Kingdom of God?