In the third chapter of The Gospel According to John we read about Nicodemus, who comes to see Jesus at night and says, “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.”
He then asks Jesus about the meaning of being "born again" and says, “You cannot mean that a man is to enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born. So then what is it that you do mean?'”
Jesus expresses surprise that a teacher of Israel does not understand the concept of spiritual rebirth – that a learned and intelligent man seems unable to grasp the significance of his words. Nicodemus is clearly a smart man, but still he struggles with understanding how this all works.
Faith, by definition, is about believing and trusting in something you can’t prove, and yet we struggle sometimes trusting in things other than ourselves.
The fact of the matter is we come to believe not because of our own efforts, but because God, in all God’s wisdom, sees fit to work among us and within us, through the power of the Spirit, in order that our eyes, and our ears, and our hearts might be opened to the love that God shows us in Jesus Christ. That’s sort of what being born again is really all about, isn’t it?
Nicodemus visited Jesus one night, and, in an attempt to understand better the good news about which Jesus speaks, asks, “How can these things be?” And while the answer might be a bit of a mystery, it’s always good news!