Religion VS Reformation

In the recent election a survey was conducted and the question was ” are you a born again believer”… Over 70% of America answered YES to this question. As much as I want to love this stat there is NO way this is to be true. It also went on to say that every president since Carter has been a “born again” believer. Again as much as I love that stat, our country paints a different picture. “IF” we are that full as a nation of born again believers than tell me why since Carter’s time in office have MILLIONS of babies been disposed of in the name of convenience and “rights”?… Why do we have the struggles with poverty and hunger right here in our nation as we do? Why then are the United States the leading nation for profits in the Sex slave and porn industry? it doesn’t take long when doing research on this the problem is the understanding of what it is to be truly “born again”. This word comes from a greek word ????????? which means “Born from above”. Webster’s Dictionary would define it to be “created again”. It’s very clear that when scriptures talk of regeneration it’s an understanding that we are dead to who we used to be and alive in Jesus. NO middle ground here. The word we see this culture getting regeneration confused with is “reformation”. Webster would define reformation as “making better, creating something better”… The very thing Paul warns the church in Philippi to stay away from. This “I’m not as bad as I used to be” type mentality. It’s very easy in this culture to compare our lives to others and think we are “doing pretty good” and the more we press into that, the more we distance ourselves from the reality of our need of Jesus and nothing but the blood of Jesus! Hell is full of folks who spent their whole lives trying to recreate a souped up better version of themselves. 
 
Where we picked up this past week in the text of John 3 we see a man, Nicodemus who spends his WHOLE life “reforming” his life. He stacked up his 613 laws he was to follow as his ticket into heaven and we looked Sunday in how Jesus self implodes everything he had been taught. Jesus’ message is loud and clear in the ENTIRE text we read… ” IT’S ALL ABOUT ME”!!!!! It’s not about religion, it’s not about rules, or anything else. NOTHING but the blood of Jesus!!!
 
We then saw how ole Nick just couldn’t put the pieces together and text tone just shows that Nick couldn’t frame it up so we saw Jesus do what he still does today… Meets Nicodemus right where he was at! Jesus knew he wasn’t getting it, and doesn’t condemn Nick for it. He meets him where he is at simply by telling a story he was familiar with in that of Numbers 21. We looked at the story of the snakes biting and killing the people in Numbers 21 but how God told Moses to make a snake out of bronze and put it on the staff and that anyone who looked at staff, they would be healed from these snake bites. Jesus was able to tie this story into what he came to do. HE clearly quotes Numbers 21 saying “Nicodemus, sin has entered into the framework of humanity and we have ALL been bitten and I am the only remedy to that sin!! Jesus though the rest of the scriptures continued to unpack the reality. IT’S ALL ABOUT ME!!! For God so loved the world HE gave his only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish yet have everlasting life… Are we living a life in that acceptance or are we working for it? How we answer that question dictates if we are walking in freedom or not! Are we reformed or regenerated? How would Jesus call you out today?
 
Soli Deo Gloria! 
Ryan Hurt

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