September 10, 2020
John 3:3
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”

New International Version (NIV)
Despite the redundancy of this season, not all days are the same.  Some days are different than other days.  This is an important day in our family.  On this day nineteen years ago one of my brilliant nephews, Andrew was born.  He is a freshman at U. T. studying Economics.  The day after he was born became infamous as 9/11 commemorating the day airplanes flown by terrorists destroyed buildings in the United States.  On this day three years ago, my mom went home to our heavenly Father.

Nicodemus may have waited all day to go and see Jesus.  After dark, he went to Jesus and politely complimented him as a great teacher.  What did he think Jesus would say?  “Right back at you!”  No.  Jesus looked at him and said, “no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”   In the conversation, Jesus told him this three times.  Nicodemus didn’t understand so Jesus invited him to believe in order to experience eternal life.  What did Nicodemus do?  John doesn’t say. 

One pastor observed, there are two great days in your life, the day you are born and the day you realize why you were born.  This was not that day for Nicodemus.  Only after Jesus died did he publicly commit himself to Jesus.  There were many days in between the day Nic first came to Jesus at night and the day he came to Jesus as his Light.  I’m pretty sure Nicodemus never regretted following Jesus.  He just hated that he waited so long. 

For someone, today will be the day of salvation as they believe.  Another will use this day to walk away from Jesus unchanged.  One thing is for sure, the way we use this day matters.  We will never get it back.  “Only one life, ‘twill soon be past.  Only what is done for Christ will last.”  The Israelites sang on their way up to Jerusalem,  “This is the day the Lord has made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it.”   What will we do with today?  It is a great day to be born or to be born again.  Invite someone into the light.  They will never regret it.  
Pray with me:         
Father, we thank you for this day.  From the rising of the sun to the setting of the same, your name is to be praised.  May today be a day of new birth in our lives.  Help us to receive your life and share it with others.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen. 
Join us in memorizing the Word.  Scripture for this week:    
Matthew 6:29-30
Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
Our 2020 Every Day with Jesus readings will follow the Foundations New Testament reading plan.  Copies of the reading plan are available at Tallowood Baptist Church, or download your copy at REPLICATE.ORG 
We would love for you to join us as we read the New Testament through this year, five chapters a week.  In addition I will continue my long-standing practice of reading one Psalm a day through the year.  Use Robby Gallaty’s H. E. A. R. plan to study each chapter (also found at REPLICATE.ORG). Highlight verses which speak to you, explain what they mean in your own words in a journal, apply them to your own life, then respond by doing what God tells you to do.  

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