“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
There is something that happens when we come in contact with the Holy Spirit as He convicts us about who Jesus is. Jesus is saying you have to have a brand new start. You cannot go on with what you have been doing. The truth of the matter is that these words are just as real and necessary today as they were then. People need a powerful encounter with something that is not earthly, but is heavenly in nature. It is about the power of heaven coming down and shaking your world. It is about changed values, changed devotion, changed focus. It is so spectacular in its impact that it could only be described as being born again or born from heaven. I believe as I have never believed before the need of the gospel, the good news about Jesus Christ is as powerful as it has always been. God is not trying to reform us, make us better, or help us to become something more desirable than what we already are. He wants to come to us and cause a revolutionary birth, a new beginning, a brand new way of seeing life and doing life. The persuasion of our minds and hearts should be completely turned over as though we were born again, born anew; having never experienced what we have now become in new birth.
Finally, Jesus says these profound words in John 3:16 For God so loved the world. This was not something done on a whim, but it was God’s heart for us. Jesus was revealing that the Father yearned deeply and with such desire that He was willing to give up His only begotten son. That thought and deed was so great that I can hardly fathom or imagine what that meant to a God the Father who loved us so. The words whosoever believes in Him includes you and me. His heart would absolutely break to see us perish. His passion is that we might have eternal life. This is the greatest love story of all time. It is going to take the Holy Spirit to cause it to be real. No wonder Nicodemus was blown away. He had no point of reference. It was a new beginning for him. Old things were dropping away and all things were becoming new.