May 2nd, is my second birthday. Another birthday you say? Yep, another birthday! So how does a person get a second birthday? It is something very important, and Jesus spoke about it to a man named Nicodemus. He said to him, “Except a man be born again he will not see the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Nicodemus was an aged man who was a religious man to boot, but he knew nothing about being born again! There is a saying “Born once, die twice. Born twice, die once”. What does that mean? It means that if you are only born once there will come a day when you die and then at the end of time you will die again! The Bible says in Revelation 20:14-15, “And death and Hell were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” This explains the second death.
But the good news is that the second death can be avoided! Remember? “Born twice, die once!” It sounds like being born twice and having your name written in the Book of Life is imperative! This is why Jesus came, to make it possible for everyone who believes in Him to have their names written into the Book of Life and therefore have eternal life! No second death! For you see, the second birthday is a “Spiritual Birth” and it comes through believing the Gospel which Jesus told His disciples to go out and preach about so the world could be saved. The definition of the Gospel is that Jesus came and lived a sinless life, He was crucified and died to pay the penalty for our sins, He was buried and was raised from the dead on the third day.
So how do you make all of this personal? Let me help you. You must consider and believe these things by faith:
- That God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. We see this in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish (in the second death) but have everlasting life.”
- That you are separated from God by your sins. We see this in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and have come short of the glory of God.” Furthermore those sins bring death. We see this in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death.”
- That Jesus died on the Cross for your sins. We see this in Romans 5:8 “But God showed His love to us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”
- Then receive Jesus by faith, trusting Him to forgive your sins and give you eternal life and be Born Again and become His child having your name written in the Book of Life! The Bible says, “But as many as received Him to them gave He power to become the sons of God even to those who believe on His name.” (John 1:12)
To be born again and have your name written into the Lamb’s Book of Life you could pray a prayer like this:
Lord Jesus, I need you. I believe you died on the cross for my sins and arose from the dead. I turn from my sins and by faith receive you now as my personal Savior. Come into my life and make me your child and help me live my new life for you. In Your Name I pray, Amen.
If you sincerely and with a repentant heart prayed that prayer for the very first time you were just Born Again! You have your second birthday! Congratulations! No second death for you. Let me know of your decision as I would love to help you start out your new spiritual life.
If you already have had your second birthday you know what this message is all about. Share this blog with a friend and let’s spread the good news of Jesus all around the world.
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