September 24, 2015 | By Chuck
"In reply Jesus declared, I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. How can a man be born when he is old? Nicodemus asked. Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born! Jesus answered, I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit."(John 3:3-5) Nicodemus may not understand, but Jesus is speaking to him about baptism, the spiritual rebirth. Monday September 21, 2015 was a memorable landmark day for my family. That's the day our youngest child was born again. I'll never forget baptizing our son and oldest daughter a few years ago. I'm so thankful now to be able to add to those special memories the blessing of baptizing our youngest daughter into Christ. I will never forget the physical birth of each of our three children. There are some things you just don't forget. I thought those children being born was no doubt our greatest accomplishment, until now. Being born again is the single most important event in an individual's life. It's at the new birth that one changes from being a slave of sin to a slave of righteousness. (Rom.6:17-18) It's at the new birth that one becomes God's son or daughter and part of God's family. (Gal.3:26-27) It's at the new birth that one's sins are washed away, forgiven and forgotten so we can live for God and someday with Him eternally. The seemingly empty hope of heaven becomes an assured promise at the new birth. Just as a baby is born into a physical family with parents and siblings, so we all must be born again through the waters of baptism to become children of our heavenly Father. Have you been born again?