Why is it, that out of 31,103 verses this one is the greatest? Before we explain why it is the greatest verse in the entire Bible, let’s stop to remember who is talking here. It’s Jesus Christ Himself; the greatest human to have ever lived. Even atheists and leaders from other religions concede that Jesus has no equal among men. He is the only human who split the calendar (B.C – Before Christ and A.D. – Anno Domni – The Year of our Lord).
Someone once said; “If God were to ever come to earth we would expect Him do great things like no other person has done; He would show Himself as master over the laws of physics and nature; He would speak the greatest words ever spoken; and His revelations would lead men to a life of higher meaning and purpose. Guess who fits that job description?
Who is Jesus talking to when He speaks this verse? He is talking to Nicodemus, a religious leader, an expert in the Scriptures who should know better, yet is completely perplexed by who Jesus was and what He was up to. Nicodemus came to Jesus in the middle of the night to avoid being seen seeking answers from such a controversial figure. Although He knew Jesus was from God because of all the signs and wonders Jesus was doing, he didn’t understand this message that transcended the intellect and pierces the heart was all about. Just what would God say the meaning of life was?
Jesus told His nighttime visitor that he needed to be born again by the Spirit of God in order to be saved from his current condition and to understand spiritual things. He needed a new birth. Jesus explains the lengths God went through to make this possible. Thus we have the following words…
Dear God, I acknowledge that I have said and done things that violated your commandments. I did those things because I have lived my life independent of You. Please forgive me of my sins. I believe that Jesus lived a sinless life and died in my place, and then rose from the dead to provide a way for me to be forgiven. Today I receive Jesus into my heart and life, by faith, as my Lord and my Savior. Give me Your Holy Spirit so I can live the way You want me to live for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.