Read: John 3:1-21
Many people are in danger of missing heaven by 18 inches. That is roughly the distance from your head to your heart. And it marks the difference between believing about Jesus Christ, and believing in Jesus Christ. Nicodemus was a religious leader of his day who had head knowledge rather than heart knowledge about God. Yet he had religious questions he could not answer. When he questioned Jesus, the answers he received demanded more than an intellectual affirmation.
G.Campbell Morgan said, “We often hear it said today that there are many excellent people in the world who make no profession of Christianity. Nicodemus was that kind of man, particularly on the intellectual side. And it was to him that Christ first declared the necessity of the new birth. Nicodemus was a Pharisee, a ruler of the Jews. Being dogmatic, educated, and patriotic, he held a high public position and prestige. But he was in danger of missing the kingdom of God. Jesus, looking at Nicodemus with all his intellect and strength, began on the level where Nicodemus would be familiar – his knowledge of the Scriptures. There he would learn that life comes through the lifting up of the Son of Man – a heavenly fact demanding more than intellectual activity.”
Facts about Jesus’ life are important. But facts alone will never get you into the family of God. For that takes the miracle of rebirth. You must come to the cross in childlike faith, believing in Jesus rather than simply believing about Him. Jesus said, “You must be born again” (John 3:7). Do you know Jesus personally, or do you just know about Him? Have you believed in Jesus and closed the gap between your head and your heart?