“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
In the first portion of John 3, a master of Israel (Nicodemus, vs. 10) is being taught by the Master of the universe – Jesus, the Christ – in a one-on-one class!
Nicodemus the Pharisee, “a ruler of the Jews,” under the secrecy of night approached Jesus because he had unanswered questions about things he had seen. He didn’t want any of his fellow Pharisees to know he was talking to Jesus, yet he felt compelled to seek answers. He affirmed that Jesus was a great teacher and must be God-sent because Nicodemus had witnessed supernatural miracles that could not be otherwise explained. Jesus addressed this “sense of sight” by Nicodemus (vs. 3 above). Jesus said that you will never have eyes of understanding about who I am and the reason for my abilities unless you first experience a new birth. This verse does not only mean that one cannot “gain access to heaven” without being born again. This, though true, is not what is being taught here by Christ. Jesus is addressing the “sense of sight” Nicodemus had and uses it as a teaching tool.
Physically born twice? It is impossible for a grown man to re-enter the womb and be born a second time. Christ gently states that one must be physically born plus be spiritually born to see and further, enter the Kingdom of God.
What kind of eyesight does it take to see God’s Kingdom? Supernatural sight! It takes a miracle (like those that Nicodemus had seen) to become a “second-born” and in turn see new things that unconverted “first-born” men cannot. This is the spiritual sight to see and understand the Kingdom of God. The spiritual realm is all around us; not visible to the unregenerate eye but experienced by the Holy Spirit’s presence.
All humanity is on a “vision quest.”
Men and women seek answers about the origin of life, the reason for life, and an answer to the question, “is there something beyond the grave where my ancestors have gone before me?” These queries haunt everyone, no matter their culture. Every human is alone in this search because it requires a personal answer. You will never find the answer until you seek out Jesus, like Nicodemus.
The Apostle Paul in Romans 14:17 says, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” God’s realm is not physical (like food and drink that enter our bodies), but it is a spiritual realm brought about by the presence of the Holy Ghost. He first convicts of sin and then later becomes our “Spirit Guide” into all Truth (John 16). Through Him, we receive “righteousness, peace, and joy” like we have never experienced and the answers to the questions “Why, How, and Where?”
God created all mankind with an emptiness that only His Spirit can fill. You will search your entire life trying to fill that void with temporal replacements, but they will not satisfy. Ultimately it requires facing Jesus either in this life or the one after.
Are you still seeking for answers? Have you been on an unfulfilled “Vision Quest” and still left empty? Do you desire to find the answers to the questions that plague your heart and mind? Nicodemus found them and you can too!