6God sent a man, John the Baptist,7to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.8John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light.9The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
10He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.11He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.12But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.13They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
God sent John the Baptist to prepare people for Jesus, but Jesus was still rejected by the world he created and even his own people. Do you know what it is like to be completely rejected by someone you love? It hurts. But Jesus still loved them to his death and those who did turn to him, He loved them with his new life.
So what is this rebirth that comes from God?
When a child is born it comes into the a world that is completely different and unknown to it. It is hopefully raised by parents, or someone who truly cares for the child. The child learns how to live in the environment it is in from these people and other people in their life. If things go well, the child never stops learning and growing but does mature into the position of helping other live and mature in this world.
A rebirth from God is a lot like that. We are suddenly brought into a completely new type of life because suddenly we are thinking about forever, and the Bible, and so many other things. We are like babies in a new world. God himself is our father (if we will let him be) and he will love, and care for us and guide us in an entirely different life. We will gradually be surrounded by new people and be in a different environment. We will learn again how to talk in new words and act in new ways. We learn the value of things like kindness, love, forgiveness and patience. We change. And the more we change, the better.
Lord, I think I’ve been rambling on here, but life with You is just to hard to describe. There just doesn’t seem to be the words…on the Word! Lord, You have changed me, but I’m so far from where I should be. Change me more Lord. Please Lord, change me more. *obbs*
Chrisana: I think John the Baptist did not just speak of the coming of God but symbolised how hard we should work to make god a part of our lives. Just think about it he wore camels hair( the ichiest type of garment to ware back then) ate locust and wild honey and slept in caves .He did not do it because he was crazy he did it because he was crazy about God!