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“The New Birth”
In the book, "It's All About Him", Lee Venden shares a wonderful little parable about the importance of the new birth experience that Jesus described to Nicodemus in the Gospel of John, Chapter 3. I included this parable in my most recent sermon and thought that many of you might appreciate having it in print. Here it is:
And He spake unto them a parable, saying: Two medical students went off to school to study for medicine. One of the first things they were introduced to was the anatomy lab. In this lab there was a heavy silence. It was kind of cold, and things were really dead there.
But these med students were anxious to make a good showing, so they analyzed the situation. They noticed that there was a good deal of unity there in the lab. There didn't seem to be any fights going on; no one was vying for the highest place. They were all in the same position.
As the med students considered the situation, they became convinced that what these patients needed was improved health. They tried introducing the patients to a new diet, but nobody seemed to care about eating. They told the patients about the benefits of exercise, but no one seemed interested. These students determined there must be an even deeper problem.
They wondered if the problem was a lack of fellowship. But that turned out to be a dead-end street. The patients refused to be sociable. They tried to develop a statement of mission - it was ignored. They considered the lack of resources and took up an offering - no one gave.
In the end, the med students discovered to their dismay that the people in the lab all had a common problem. THEY WERE NOT BREATHING.
"Jesus answered and said to him, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.'" - John 3:3 (NKJV)
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."- 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
- Pastor Steve