John 3:3 “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 3:6-7 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Leap Days are a chance to consider God’s marvelous creation. The earth travels around the sun at a pace that is almost exactly 365.25 days. Our solar calendar requires a Leap Day every four years (with a few exceptions) to keep our dates aligned with our seasons. But for some, it creates an interesting dilemma related to the date of their birth.
Those born on a Leap Day only see their actually birthday date every four years. Unlike some fictional plot lines, these individuals don’t actually age much more slowly than the rest of us. But legally, when is their birthday? Do they reach the status of full adulthood on 28 Feb or 1 March? Are they legally able to drive on the last day of February or the first day of March? The answer to these questions differs depending on the nation whose relevant case law dictates the answer.
Regardless of the date of your physical birth, there is an even more important date – the day of your spiritual birth. Jesus Christ reminded the Pharisee leader Nicodemus that a man must be born again to see the kingdom of God, not by being physically reborn but by being born of the Spirit.
As we consider the interesting anomaly of Leap Day, may we consider the weighty truth of being born again. As we talk about Leap Day to others, may we use it to discuss the significance of Jesus’ mandate – ye must be born again.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE SPIRITUAL TRUTHS WITH THOSE AROUND US. The day of your physical birth is a day to celebrate, but the day of your spiritual birth is a day to rejoice in our Saviour, whether it is on Leap Day or during the rest of the regular calendar.