When Jesus told Nicodemus he must be born again, He was speaking from His personal experience. Jesus knew what it meant to be born again.
Whoa! Wait a minute! That statement can’t be right. Jesus wasn’t born again! In the beginning, He existed as God before He ever came to earth. (John 1:1)
However, He did experience being born into another world. He came from the spiritual realm into the earth realm and took on a human body.
Think about it.
He left His position as God to become human and abandoned perfection to pick up our pain. He departed a cosmic place without limitations to be part of our world, so He could reach us, touch us, love us, and be loved back.
That’s some kind of love—some kind of desire—some kind of deep longing that can only be satisfied by unrestrained humility. Who would ever want to leave heaven to enter a sin-filled world?
Jesus understood the kind of life-altering, universe-changing experience that being born can be. Why? He probably felt vulnerable and limited when He became human. Rather than rely on His God-powers in baby form, He allowed a human mother to feed Him and change His diapers.
We have a new granddaughter. I got to experience her birth. I watched the midwife place her on her mama’s chest and rub her back until she whimpered and started breathing. When the nurse picked her up to weigh her, she opened her eyes. Her little forehead wrinkled in wonder as she saw the light of a new environment, heard voices that weren’t muffled by the womb, and felt the touch of skin to skin. She could stretch. She could cry. This was a brand-new world, so different from the confinement, darkness, and security of her mother’s belly.
Was that how Jesus felt? Did He feel confined by skin, but delight in human touch? Did being held in his mother’s arms bring him joy?
When Jesus told Nicodemus he must be born again, he was inviting him to experience the realm of heaven. Nicodemus could lay aside rules and regulations to reach God, and experience what it meant for God to love him and live within him. (John 3:1-8)
Yes, there was much that Jesus hadn’t shared yet. He would go to the cross before His blood could cleanse us of sin and truly bring us into a new relationship with Him. (Ephesians 1:7)
But think about it. He didn’t become human out of pity for us. He didn’t roll His eyes and say, “Well, somebody has to get them out of this mess, it might as well be me. ”
No. Jesus came to earth because He wanted to. He didn’t just seek to save humanity; He chased after our love. We are His joy and reward. He desires a relationship with each one of us. “For the joy set before him he endured the cross…” Hebrews 12:2 NIV
“This was part of God’s plan, for he was chosen and destined for this before the foundation of the earth was laid, but he has been made manifest in these last days for you.” 1 Peter 1:20 TPT
Jesus, Father, and Holy Spirit decided before creation began that they wanted a human family; but not just any family—a people who by their own free will would choose a relationship with them. God desires our love even more than we desire His.
When Jesus was born as a human, He became a new creation—God dwelling in a man. When He shed His blood for us, He gave us power to become new creations as well, because now God lives in us.
“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