የዮሐንስ ወንጌል ትርጓሜ /10/ - Commentary on Gospel of John /10/

A life of a born again and the New testament act of worship

Some of the main teachings in the Gospel of John is written in chapter 3 and 4, where we find the way to be born again and the New Testament act of worship mentioned. The process of becoming born again is a mystery where we become united with God. If we were not born, we would not have been able to see this world. In the same logic, if we're not born again, we will not be able to see the world that is to come. Birth is the result of unity. Birth happens when a mother and a father unite themselves to each other. So when His Word, the water and His Spirit are united in baptism we are born again. To worship is a duty. A duty is a submissive action towards a governing body. A person in ownership of a land must oblige to those duties accordingly. Just as a land is given to its lawful owner at one particular moment but the duties that come with it continues, we will also be born again once but our worship is for a lifetime. We do not worship to become the children of God but rather because we are His children. If the person in ownership of a land refuses to pay the duties expected, this person is in danger of losing the land that has been lawfully given. Likewise, a child of God whom does give Glory to Him in an act of worship may fall in danger of losing the grace given.

The New Testament act of worship has no boundaries for time, place or circumstances. The God we worship only seeks a worship most suited to His Character. "God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in Truth" (John 4:24). God has no boundaries in His existence and our worship should have no boundaries in our lives. It is written that we should 'pray without ceasing' and to 'give thanks in all things' (1 Thessalonians 5:17). To be found in God means to worship with ease.  

The Lord revealed the mystery of being born again to Nicodemus and the New testament act of worship to the Samaritan woman. He did not tell the crowd at a sermon but to individuals instead. The Lord gives value to every individual. Even though Nicodemus was a wise man, he did not understand the mystery of becoming born again. Even though the Samaritan woman was unlettered, the act of a spiritual worship was not concealed from her. Our personal knowledge or lack of it will not contribute to our understanding of the mysteries of God. Humility will remain as the living key to unlock the mysteries of the Lord.

The Lord came to earth to reclaim for us the status we had lost as children of God. He took upon Himself a lower rank by becoming a Son of Man to raise us to a rank of becoming the Children of God.   Our relation as Children is a gift, a grace provided freely. It also holds within it great authority. Just as a child of a king would be addressed as a prince or a princess, being a child of God has given us a status in a great Kingdom. This unity that was initiated when we became children continues in our worship. The Lord shared the mystery behind the New Testament act of worship to a woman that was disdained. We learn in this event the importance of teaching this mystery to women. Nicodemus was a midnight learner, and the Samaritan woman was that of a midday. Christ is the only one that teaches both at midnight and midday. He is the only one present at a time when no one seems to be available. He is a beloved at all times. Normally, midnight and midday is the point of time when all that are gathered disperse. Also known to be the peak times of which the devil is most authoritative. "You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday" (Psalm 91:5-6). When God is our refuge, all of these things will frighten us. Nicodemus sought the Lord for he was a knowledgeable man. It is expected of knowledgeable individuals to seek. But it was the Lord that sought this woman. It is necessary to seek after those that are uninformed. When the Lord found them, He began by highlighting the everlasting affairs. These are the things that are found in the presence of God. All the other matters are temporary.

May He make us to ponder on the everlasting affairs!