Proof of Life DVD Cover
Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe starred in a movie titled ‘Proof of Life’ released in 2000. The movie tells about an engineer who has been kidnapped in South America. A negotiator was called to help release the engineer from the band of anti-government guerrillas. The first thing that the negotiator asked was what is commonly known as ‘proof of life’ – a recent picture, a voice, a token, whatever that proves that the kidnapped is still alive – because there would be no reason to negotiate if he were already dead.
Last Sunday, John chapter 3 was preached at CrossCulture. The term ‘born again’ is explained. I am not going to explain what ‘born again’ or ‘born of water and Spirit’ means. Suffice to say that ‘born of water’ does not refer to water baptism, and ‘born of Spirit’ does not refer to Baptism in Spirit that the Pentecostal circles commonly claim. Rather, they refer to the Old Testament prophecy by prophet Ezekiel chapter 36 verses 24 to 30. The term ‘born of water’ refers to God cleansing us from all our idols and uncleannesses and the term ‘born of Spirit’ refers to God giving us a new spirit – His Spirit – within us. Didn’t I say I was not planning to explain… well, I did already… never mind…
However, there is one phrase in John 3 that Jesus gave to Nicodemus that is rather interesting. When Nicodemus asked Jesus how this ‘born again’ works, Jesus answered in verse 7 and 8:
“Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Jesus is basically saying to Nicodemus that Nicodemus would not know how it works or when it is going to happen; but when it happens, he would know that it has happened. God is sovereign, and His Spirit is the one who will give birth to the new spirit in us. However, this is not something that we, human beings, can engineer or provoke. This is something that we simply receive and/or notice when it happens in a person’s life. In other words, we would not know when or how a spiritually dead person would be brought to life spiritually, but when he or she is, we will know because it will be clear that the ‘wind has blown.’