Easter Devotional | 2020 - Day 17
By Ryland Whitehorn
“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.’”John 3:3
Have you ever been sick? I mean, really sick. Like the worst case of the flu ever. So sick and miserable that you could not remember how it felt to feel good. You tried every over-the-counter drug you could find and nothing helped. You just got sicker. You finally had no choice but to get some professional help.
The doctor gives you a prescription. You get it filled. You go home, take a big dose, go to bed, and sleep. After maybe a day or so, you begin to think you may just survive this terrible malady. Soon, you begin feeling pretty good. In fact, after a little more time, you begin to feel great, like a brand-new person. Kind of like you’ve been reborn! It’s amazing what the right doctor and the right medicine can do for you when you are sick.
In John 3, Jesus tells Nicodemus how to cure his spiritual problem. He was trying to self-medicate his spiritual sickness the same way we try to treat our physical sickness. Jesus told Nicodemus that he would never be smart enough, educated enough, or religious enough to enter the kingdom of God. He could never find happiness and fulfillment on his own. Jesus told him that he needed a completely new beginning, a rebirth.
Many of us try to fix ourselves with things that just will not work. We try new friends, new toys, new jobs, new churches, new…whatever. What we really need is an appointment with the Great Physician and a big dose of spiritual medicine. God’s Word is clear that when we cry out to our Savior, He will listen, and He will rescue us from whatever danger we are in.
Cast your cares and burdens on Him today, and you too will experience that new life that He promises. YOU will be born again!
Questions for Thought
- Identify a spiritual sickness that you have been attempting to cure on your own.
- In addition to studying the Bible and prayer, identify some activities you can participate in to help keep you spiritually healthy.
Spend some time in prayer and studying God’s Word. It will help keep you spiritually healthy and refreshed.
Ryland believes the church should be the center of our community, operating as a New Testament church to serve as “home” for thousands of people. Ryland and his wife, Renea, have two married daughters, Shea and Kelsi, and three grandchildren.