John 3:1-3 (NIV)
Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
We’ve been following Sunday’s passage this week, but finished that yesterday. Today’s, however, is inspired by the laptop’s updating when it should have been projecting the song words and streaming our service! Computers are designed to connect to the internet and download these updates from time to time, partly so they can add bonus or updated content to them, but also to patch up bugs and protect them from viruses. In many ways as Christians we do the same. Through joining God’s Family through Christ, we connect and allow the Spirit to be ‘downloaded’ into us, and once there he sets to work at making us new and clearing out the errors and vulnerabilities introduced by our broken sinful nature.*
Spirit, update me so I might become more like Jesus!**
*If you fancy a poetic version of today’s notes, the incident on Sunday inspired this poem
** For sci-fi fans, this is not a sinister upgrade as is the case with the cybermen in Doctor Who, but a rejuvenation guided by and directed towards love.