Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:1-8, NRSV)
Nicodemus is the model disciple… Here we see his first encounter with Jesus. It is under the cover of darkness so others will not see what he is doing. He came to inquire at night, in the dark, so not to expose his wonder, his inquisitiveness.
And here we see Jesus tell him that you must be born from above. You must be born of the Spirit and of water. Now every person is born of water. When the human baby is born of the mother, there is a lot of water involved. So you can not enter the kingdom of heaven without water and spirit. Now what about those babies that aren’t born. Well that depends on when we say birth happens, and when a baby is in utero there is a lot of water involved there as well, and I am not here to put God in a box. But this has been said that water is baptism, and I do not necessarily agree with that. But you must be born of water and spirit.
And God’s Spirit is like the wind. We can not catch the wind or see the breeze. We can only see the effects of the wind, yet no one would say the wind doesn’t exist. But we can not see God or understand the concepts around Him, so we say it isn’t true.
Nicodemus could have been turned away because he didn’t understand. But he kept questioning. He kept inquiring.
Allow the Spirit to work in and through you.
Here is a song this passage always reminds me of: