As we were knitted together in our mother’s womb, one cell met another and began to form what we know as a baby. Yes, the little cells continued to multiply and build a strand that is coded just for this one specific person, that my friends, is our DNA. There is nothing that we can add to our genetic make-up; no, God himself knew the code before it ever began to multiple. It was all configured in a plan, predestined to become that one person. After nine months of building that DNA (which stretches out to about 6 feet), an appointed time came when that intelligent design breathed air for the first time and was born.
Yes, Jesus, himself, chose to become man. He was born of the virgin Mary at an appointed time. He lived a life as an infant that toddled around, that grew into a boy that learned and gleaned from teachers. One day, he became a man that knew his ultimate purpose on the Earth was to die on a cross for our sins. So many of us, sat in that service this week and listened to a message that in some way or form pointed to that historical moment. As we just celebrated Easter, I can’t help but think of all the people ( a bunch of DNA codes) that were sitting in the pews, listening to a pastor share a message about another who had come to die for their sins. Our Jesus, the name above all names, Jesus, our Lord, our king, our Savior – Jesus. Many this Easter accepted him as their personal Lord, many this Easter recommitted their life to him. Hallelujah!
The Bible in John the third chapter, verses 3-8, tells us we are to be “born again.”
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.”
How is someone born again? Here is a picture analogy: They have a new DNA. Their spiritual DNA has been released to build a new man, one that has seen Jesus for who he was and who he is; the scales have fallen from their eyes and for the first time they understand what one man did for him or her, he gave his life. What can be greater than this, my friend! When you are born again, it is as if a new DNA is unleashing itself within your soul… one cell meets another and begins to build this “new creation.”
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
How exciting new life is! I remember being pregnant and just knowing that I was going to be a mama! I remember the first weeks of reading and learning about pregnancy. I remember the flutters in my belly as I smiled and thought “new life” is within me. I remember growth, movement and ultimately the birth of our children. In the same way, my friends, new life has been sprung for those who have come to know Jesus Christ! The old has past and the new has come! Accepting Jesus isn’t just a prayer, it is the building of a new nature. It is saying, “I choose Jesus’ way over my old ways.” It is reading about him, learning who he is, what he would do and then applying that to our lives! We are setting out to allow this “Spiritual DNA” to build us into the man of God or the woman of God that He created us to be. It is a second birth. It is new life. It is all because of a man who hung on a cross and then was resurrected! Our Jesus is Alive.
May we remember that no matter where we are in our walk after accepting Christ, that we are a “work in progress.” May God continue to direct our paths, allow godly friendships to blossom in order to spur us on. May we continue to persevere in this race of life seeking the will of God in all that we do. Lord, let your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. May all that we say or do glorify you. We thank you for your gift, Jesus. May we never forsake what he did on the cross, but instead may the greatest love story of all time consume our hearts and minds to help us impact this world for you. In the precious but mighty name of Jesus. Amen.