For God so loved that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him may not perish but have everlasting life. These are the words Jesus spoke to a religious leader named Nicodemas. He had come to Jesus in the darkness of night with a question about salvation, “How can a person be born again?”
We all stand in need of salvation, but we may not always want to be saved or remain saved. And equally so, there are many things we need to be saved from.
This is captured in the 2004 movie, The Incredibles, which follows the life of Mr. Incredible, a superhero dedicated to saving the world from evil. At the beginning of the movie, he vents his frustration to a reporter: “No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to...STAY SAVED! You know...for a little bit. I feel like the maid: "I just cleaned up!”
John 3:1-17 makes it quite clear that the world and everyone in it needs saving. Whether we want it or not is another matter. However, only God in Christ Jesus can save, and only through God in Christ Jesus can we stay saved.
On this 2nd Sunday of Lent may the words of our Lord become as personal to you as they were to Nicodemas on that night long ago, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born again...You must be born again.”
Saving the world from sin and death, saving you, is the work of Christ. Allowing yourself to be saved is yours!