In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
“How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!”
Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.”
When a child is born, the life in the womb has ended. For nine months that child saw nothing, heard nothing, felt nothing except the tiny confined space that was his “home.” But when that child is born, it has immediately entered a world bigger than it, where others take care of it, feed it, teach it what it needs to know to live. The child begins to learn to distinguish objects, to crawl, to explore the world around it. Then it learns how to walk, how to feed itself, and how to dress itself. It develops more and more.
In the same way, there is a time when we are born into God’s world. We come out of a confined and trapped place and are birthed into a new life. It is a spiritual realm infinitely bigger than ourselves, where we are constantly growing and changing and seeing new things and learning new things about our Creator and all that He is. We are taken care of by others who have gone before us, taught by those who have learned the same lessons. We begin to discern right from wrong, to talk to our Father, to explore the world of the eternal and infinite.