Sunday, April 13, 2008
Chapter one "What Jesus Demands from the World"
I'm going to be doing a series of posts on John Piper's book"What Jesus Demands from the World".
One of the things that Jesus demands from the world is that everyone should be born again. John 3:3- Jesus answered him, ''Truly, truly I say to you unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.'' Being born again means that you have been born of the flesh and of the spirit. Men and women that have not been spiritually born have no desire for Jesus because they are spiritually dead .If you asked them,"Do you want to go to heaven?", of course they would say yes, who wouldn't want to live in a big house and have lots of food. If you asked them, "Do you want to spend eternity with Jesus?", they probably wouldn't want to. Why? To them Jesus is a boring person with a lot of rules, always telling them things they don't want to hear. Spiritually dead people are not interested in spiritual activities such as praying and meditating on his word.
You might be wondering why I say spiritually dead people, that worship false gods, pray and meditate are not spiritually alive. They're worshiping and praying to false gods but the only spiritual "life" is found in Jesus. If only people knew that Jesus came to set the captives free, that he came to take them out of bondage and that he came to give us life...abundant life!
Jesus came for those who are weak and wounded....aren't we all. Anyone who recognizes his need for a savior and calls out to Jesus can be born again. Jesus calls us to repent from our sin which means to turn away from sin and turn to a gracious, loving savior.