Friday, I sat as a college student from 8 a.m. until nearly 6 p.m. I graduated college with my four-year degree in 1988. Friday night, I found myself sitting in the middle of a high school band in the football stands with my trumpet that I still have from high school. It was the 1st Annual Alumni and Band Member Parent night at Lee County High School. It somehow became known that I graduated high school in 1980. Someone blurbed, “That’s the year before I was born!” He was an alumnus. Still, this was my trumpet, and we felt mighty natural together again after all these years.
This day began to sink deeper and deeper into the surreal. I’m a college student, sitting in a high school band. I began to think in terms of the Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Benjamin Button is born geriatric and gets younger all the way through his life until he dies as an infant. This makes a good movie but must I be the subject? We eventually played a song that I knew. On the last note, I bellowed with the rest of them. I hadn’t felt such a brass rush since my high school days. Could this really be happening? Is the metamorphosis in reverse? I reached my hand to the back of my head and alas, I still had my bald spot. Judging from the reactions around me, I wasn’t beginning to take on the form of Brad Pitt, either.
The next night, Saturday, my wife wanted to take me on a date. I found myself at the homecoming dance for Albany High School. This cannot be happening. They’re not playing 70s and early 80s music which is a very good sign to me. I look in the mirror and nothing has changed there. This is not a good sign to my wife. While not dancing (the two hours I was there) I changed my status on Facebook. “I am the biggest nerd at Albany High School Homecoming Dance.” The principal walked by and assured me that I wasn’t the biggest nerd. She was. Further comfort that I wasn’t back in high school —this principal likes me.
Truth is stranger than fiction. I don’t worry about regressing back to the embryonic state. I have already been born again. “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ Nicodemus said to Him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.’”(John 3:3-5)
His ways are not our ways. How can we know them? When the Father wanted us to know His love, He sent His only begotten Son and became Himself a holy embryo. He was conceived in a virgin, He created His own mother. Because of the fall, Creator chose to recreate. To take our sins, He became like us so we could be like Him. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us. He died on the cross for our sins. Our Lawyer served the penalty for our sin. To be born again and receive the forgiveness of sin, we must turn from our sins and come to the One who died and rose again. “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)