Thought for the month – May 2019

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on 6 May at 05:26 BST. Buckingham Palace said the baby weighed 7lbs 3oz (3.2kg). Possibly the most famous baby of the year; millions of people are keen to see pictures and capture a first look at the new addition to the Royal Family. Of course, birth is a miracle and, from royalty to ordinary families, there is a great appreciation and wonder when a child is born.

The biblical concept of the ‘new birth’ is just as miraculous and even more wonderful. The Lord Jesus explained what it meant to be born again, using natural birth as an illustration. We can see the following parallels:

  • Just as natural birth is the beginning of physical life, so the new birth is the beginning of eternal life.
  • Natural birth brings a baby into a human family just as new birth brings an individual into the family of God.

The new birth is based on receiving and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ: ‘as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not … of the will of man, but of God’ (John 1:12,13).

The Lord Jesus explained that new birth involved cleansing and receiving life from above (John 3:5). Since birth is the start of life, new birth is the start of new life, life ‘from above’, life from God.

Have you been born again? Call upon the Lord Jesus to save you; receive cleansing from sin and eternal life.

Andrew Dutton