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You Must Be Born Again, AGAIN

Salvation Second Chances Science

Source: "I already gave birth to my son — but will birth him again in 11 weeks" by Asia Grace, NY Post, 5/17/22, retrieved 5/20/22

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-05-31

Scripture: John 3:1 ; John 3:6

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Twenty-three year old Jaiden Ashlea gave birth to her son, Levi James, last week, only to have him tucked safely back into her womb to be born again in approximately eleven weeks. 

You see, it was discovered through an in utero exam that Levi suffered from a life threatening, congenital condition known as spina bifida — a rare condition in which the spine is fatally malformed. So doctors removed tiny Levi from his mama’s womb to perform life saving and life altering surgery to reconstruct his spine. But Levi needs the safety and protection of the womb  to continue healing from his operation and to continue growing to full term, so doctors deposited him back inside his mama’s uterus and stitched her up pending his full term delivery once he reaches at least 37 weeks gestation. 

Each year, out of roughly 1500 babies diagnosed with spina bifida, only a handful of mothers and babies around the world are deemed approved for this kind of surgery.

The NY Post reports, “Ashlea originally shared her story in a viral TikTok video captioned: “Birthing my baby for him to be put back in and 11 weeks later be born again,” which now boasts over 2 million views.

“I’m excited for him to realize how many people were rooting for him, and how loved and special he is,” said Ashlea. “Not everyone gets the chance to have this surgery. And I want him to know that God was on his side.”

Little Levi is already showing signs of improved brain activity. And though he'll need physical therapy once born, he's expected to live a healthy, normal life.

 

APPLICATION

As Jesus sat explaining salvation to Nicodemus, the Lord said to him, “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”  

The Pharisee paused to ponder his comments, and incredulously questioned, “How can someone be born when they are old? Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born [again]!”

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit” (John 3:3-6, NIV).

It turns out that someone CAN go back into their mother’s womb to be born a second time. But as radical and lifesaving as this surgery might be, one still needs to be born AGAIN if they are ever to truly live, not just via the waters of the womb, but by the power and regeneration of the Holy Spirit!

No surgery, no matter how rare or how skilled can impart eternal life. Only God can do that; only God can fix what really ails us.

Yet thankfully, this life-giving regeneration of our souls isn’t only offered to a select few deemed approved to receive it. It is offered to all for the asking.

As for little Levi, God is indeed on his side! And He’s on YOUR side, as well.  

Won’t you ask God to heal your heart and make you born again?

Experience God's Power

Power Experiencing God Salvation

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2022-04-07

Scripture: Jeremiah 31:34 ; Proverbs 2:5

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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ILLUSTRATION

My dream car is a burnt orange 1968 Chevy Camero (insert your own favorite). I remember pulling up behind one at a car wash when I was in High School. My dad was with me and I told him how I wished I had the money to buy one just like it. He said, "Wait till you're older. Someday it won't seem so far out of reach."

I've talked to my wife about this long-lost dream and she said, "Even if you had such a car you wouldn't likely drive it because it doesn't fit who you are or how you've lived your life." How does one argue with such wisdom?

But, let's Image for a moment that, at last, I bought the car anyway and had it sitting in my garage, and that every day I went out and sat in the car and daily took a chamois cloth and wiped all the dust off its shiny surface. Imagine also that I studied the owner's manual and could quote sections of it from memory. And, that I went so far as to order the blueprints and schematics so I could study every detail of my Camero. And, that I joined a Camero club and attended conventions, and even once traveled to the place the factory once stood. And, imagine that I so loved the car that I talked about it all the time.

I'm sure you would think it quite odd if I had a car I loved that much but never actually took out for a drive.

APPLICATION

In many ways, that is what we've done with our modern expressions of Christianity. 

We've been saved. We have Christ in our hearts. We are his and he is ours. We love and adore him. We enjoy sitting in his presence. We sing songs about him and in praise of him, as we should. 

We love the Bible and love to listen to experts who know the Book so well that they can quote portions of it and tell stories of what the Lord has done in the past. Some of us have even traveled to the Holy Land.

But while we do all that, like someone with a 68 Camero that never experiences its roar as it cruises down the highway, we often fail to so pray and believe Christ that we actually experience the power of God's saving grace.

"And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness."  (Acts 4:31)

Jesus Is Our Path

Obedience Jesus Christ Salvation

Source: Homiletics, Aug 2006

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-01-10

Scripture: John 14:6

Author: E. Stanley Jones / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

E. Stanley Jones tells of a missionary who got lost in an African jungle surrounded by nothing but bush and patchy clearings. He came upon a native and asked if he could guide him out. The native said he could. 

"All right," said the missionary, "show me the way."

The native said, "Walk," so they walked and hacked their way through unmarked jungle for more than an hour. 

The missionary grew concerned.  "Are you quite sure this is the way?  Where is the path?"

The native said, "Bwana, in this place, there is no path. I am the path."

APPLICATION

In this crazy jungle of a world, there is no path. Jesus is our path.

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life" (John 14:6).

Grace Is Just Too Easy

Grace Salvation Skepticism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2021-04-22

Scripture: Romans 6:23 ; John 3:3

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Bad Passwords

Salvation Trust (In God) Jesus, Savior

Contributed By: Lawrence Dake | Date Posted: 2020-09-18

Scripture: Acts 4:12 ; John 1:12

Author: Michael Dudui
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Spiritual Quarantine

Cleansing Sin Salvation

Contributed By: Shane Waldron | Date Posted: 2020-03-20

Scripture: Romans 10:9 ; Leviticus 13:

Author: Shane Waldron
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Getting Through The Security Gate

Salvation Confession Sin

Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2019-08-11

Scripture: Revelation 21:27 ; 1 John 1:9

Author: Corey Sawyers
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"I'll Love You Forever"

Salvation Love (Divine) Parenting

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2019-02-16

Scripture: Jeremiah 31:3 ; John 3:16

Author: Neal Pollard
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Garage Sale Redemption

Redemption Sanctification Salvation

Contributed By: William Blosch | Date Posted: 2018-12-29

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:20 ; Romans 6:23

Author: William Blosch
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A Day In The Life Of A Pastor

Jesus, Savior Salvation False Hope

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2018-05-15

Scripture: John 14:6

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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