John 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
I was thinking about how amazing it is to be able to see. I have also tried to comprehend what it would be if you were blind. It seems that there are several facets to seeing. There is the physical aspect and there is the aspect of understanding and then there is the aspect of seeing spiritually.
Looking at the physical aspect it is fairly easy to grasp the difference in seeing and blindness by simply closing your eyes. What happens is that you quickly loose the imagery of sight and your reality takes on a new dimension. I used to work in the mines in Colorado and have been in total darkness for a little while. You try to see but you cannot make out any details of any kind. Your reality lacks definition and you begin to grope about to find anything that you can detect with your other senses that you know and can understand. It can be very confusing. There are stories of people who have been in total darkness for extended periods and have gone mad without light. Physical blindness is a definite handicap on life but it is not the worst kind of blindness.
I like puzzles and have a number of them in my study. I find great pleasure in figuring out how the puzzle is solved. Solving problems is a big part of what makes our society work. Understanding is essential in the overall function of all machinery. It is basic to our value system and defines relationships. You have all seen the “Ah-ha” reaction expressed in a cartoon as a lighted bulb or the expression of realization with the widening of the eyes in understanding. This is seeing through the problem to a solution. The inability to see through a problem is another type of blindness that will greatly limit your quality of life.
Perhaps the worst type of blindness is the inability to perceive the spiritual. Those who have this type of blindness do not even know that they are blind. Perception for them is limited to the physical and mental dimensions of the physical world. They are unaware of the spiritual realm because they do not even have the eyes to see it with. To get them, a person must be born again. He gets his spiritual eyes upon his spiritual birth, just as a person gets his physical eyes at his physical birth. Yes, I know that he has them before his birth, but their function really begins upon their birth. Until you are born again you are spiritually blind; and that is the worst type of blindness. This is just one of the reasons that Jesus said, You must be born again!