She loved the music, but she rejected the One whom the music exalted. She denied what mattered most. What is it that matters most?
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 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.
Have you ever asked yourself, “What does 'born again mean?” Nicodemus asked that question. He said, (v. 4)
...can a man enter his mother's womb a second time and be born..."
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:14-15)
And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. (Numbers 21:4-5)
And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee... (Numbers 21:6-7a)
...pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. (Numbers 21:7b-9)
- killing the serpents
- performing serpent rituals
- making serpent antidotes
- pretending the serpents were not really there
- passing antiserpent laws, or
- climbing the serpent pole
The answer was in looking by faith at the uplifted serpent. In telling this story to Nicodemus (and you), Jesus was making a connection with His cross. Just as that snake on a pole had to be lifted up, and people had to, by faith, look to it to be healed, Jesus had to be lifted up on the cross and we must look to Him, in faith, to be born again.
The whole world is snake bitten by sin. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” The penalty for sin is death: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” After reminding Nicodemus about the story of the snake on a pole, Jesus said what has become the most famous verse in all the Bible.
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.
For all perishing sinners, aware of their need to be born again, willing to abandon useless human remedies and religion, daring to venture all on faith, Christ promises eternal life. Two things are necessary for you to be born again. First, Christ had to die on the cross for your sins. He did! Finally, you must in repentance and faith look to Jesus for eternal life.
That's what matters most.