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A few weeks ago, I experienced one of the greatest joys of my life: the birth of my second daughter. What a joy to welcome a perfect baby in to the world! She is indeed perfect (Well, except for the part where she has her days and nights mixed up!).
As I’ve reflected on this new birth in my life, I’m reminded of the new birth available to those who put their faith in Jesus Christ. Just as my little girl has a fresh start in this new world outside the womb, so the new babe in the Christian faith has a fresh start, forgiven of sin and able to receive the abundant life that Christ promised to give.
Imagine that! A fresh start! A new beginning! An opportunity to leave behind temptation, addiction and destructive relationships. That new birth is available.
Second, just as my precious daughter was born into a specific family, so too, the new believer is born into the family of God. The Bible tells us that Christians have been adopted into the family of God through Jesus. One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of
Mephibosheth. Mephibosheth was the grandson of Saul, the defeated king. According to cultural custom, Mephibosheth was destined to die as a descendant of the fallen king. However, King David has mercy on Mephibosheth and “adopts” him into the king’s family. King David brings him into the Palace Dining Room and allows him to dine always at the table of the King. That’s exactly what God does in our rebirth as a follower of Jesus! He pardons our death sentence we deserve because of sin and adopts us as His own! That’s what I call a new birth!
Finally, as a new, helpless little baby, my daughter has everything she needs available to her through her parents. We are providing clothing, shelter, food and anything else she might need. She is fully dependent on us…and we are willing to meet each need that she has.
This same provision is available to the new babe in Christ. God has promised that if we will depend fully on Him, He “will supply all our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Not only will He supply our physical needs according to Matthew 6 but He will meet each of our spiritual needs as well. He will supply joy in the midst of sorrow, peace in the midst of chaos, and hope in the midst of hopelessness.
What a perfect parent! A loving father!
It is my prayer that you will consider the opportunity to receive this new birth by trusting in Jesus; that you will believe that He has died for your sins and been raised up for your new birth and abundant life!
(Josh Hildebrand is the pastor at Sherman Baptist Church in Dry Ridge. He can be reached at 859-428-2695 or by visiting the website at www.shermanbaptist.org)