John 3:1-21 (Sermon is from the NRSV)
Here is the Second Conclusion -- a New Birth ceases to trivialize the deep reality of sin that is at the core of every human heart.
Comedian Dennis Miller was asked if he was 'Born again'. He said:
No, I'm not. Excuse me for getting it right the first time.The Bible said that no one gets it right the first time. Everyone born is part of the problem. We all know pain. We have experienced pain. We have inflicted pain. It always hurts.
See, we tend to think of sin at best as a flu that needs a little treatment. Or at worst, that sin is a cancer presently eating away at the body.
But Sin is like a cancer having already claimed a life. Even as we live, we are already 'dead in our sins', the Bible says. And the only way out of it is a whole new birth: a Resurrection with Jesus.
Sin, therefore, is treated with the seriousness that it 'deserves'.
Pic by Word Freak. Only a few St Ives people will 'get' why I chose a bent fork as the pic! :)