“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 KJV
Until one is reborn from above by the gracious working of the Holy Spirit through God’s Word and Sacraments, he cannot see the kingdom of God or understand what it is. Nicodemus, who came to Jesus at night, did not know God’s kingdom aright because he, along with the rest of the Pharisees, had rejected the baptism of John and did not trust in Jesus as the Messiah and Savior.
Dear Lord Jesus, grant to us true knowledge of You and faith through the preaching of Your Word and baptism in Your name. Amen.