“Nicodemus said to Him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?’” (John 3:4).
Every tombstone is marked by a date of birth, a date of death, and a dash in between. Someone has remarked that the quality of life is determined by what you do with your one dash in life. Scripture, however, would argue for another hyphen in the equation. If life is to be truly known and lived then there must be not only a birth, but a rebirth. One initiates life; the other eternal life. One hyphen summarizes a life that was. The additional hyphen of new birth captures the life that is becoming more and cannot be captured on a tombstone.