BLIND and cannot SEE
Joh 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.
Jesus was talking to Nicodemus at this time and answered a statement that Nicodemus had made. “…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.” Nicodemus was a religious man. He was a Pharisee, the dominant religion of the day and a ruler of the Jews. This means he was knowledgeable in the scriptures. From Genesis 3:15 through the rest of the Old Testament, the scriptures testified and prophesied that the Savior would come. Yet, at this juncture, Nicodemus only recognized that Jesus had come from God. Apparently not recognizing Him as the Savior that was prophesied. Jesus opens his eyes for later on we find him claiming the body of Jesus.
Jesus said to the Pharisees –
Joh 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
Today, many are blind and cannot see Jesus and the payment that He has made for our redemption. Some believe that they must pay to gain heaven by being good or being baptized or becoming a church member. John chapter 3 is Jesus response to Nicodemus, “… ye must be born again.” What does one that is being born have to pay for his or her birth? We realize that this is a silly question. The birth mother pays the price. The uncomfortable bearing of the baby in the womb and the excruciating pain of birth is the payment made. This payment the mother experiences not the baby. Free to you but much agony and pain for our Savior, Jesus Christ.
We must have our eyes opened to see Christ who bore it all on the cross.