The Bible, God’s book, tells of a man named Bartimaeus, who was blind.
He sat beside the road begging. One day, it happened that Jesus walked along that road. A lot of people were with him, so Bartimaeus asked what was going on. When he heard that Jesus was passing by, he called out to him for help. Jesus stopped and asked what he wanted. Bartimaeus replied “Lord, I want to see”.
This tract is written for those who are unable to see. If you are the one who cannot see, we hope someone will read this tract to you.
The world around us is very beautiful – the stars in the sky, the mountains and trees, the flowers and insects. So many different colours! So much to interest us!
Why is it so wonderful? Well, of course, there is a great designer, and a great creator. The Lord God, the One we can read about in the Bible, He made it all. When He had finished making it, He said, “It is very good”.
But you can’t see it. We’re very sad about that. But there is still hope for many who can’t see. There are operations which can restore sight to many blind people – especially those with cataracts.
If this is the case for you, then you should be happy. For an operation in the hospital will enable you to see all God’s beautiful creation again. That’s what happened to Bartimaeus. Jesus restored his sight. How happy he was!
If you are able to be cured by an operation we shall all be very happy. But not all diseases causing blindness can be cured today. Some people must remain blind for the rest of their lives.
Yet even for such people there is still some good news. There is something even better to see than all the beauty we can see in this world. What is it that’s even better to see than this beautiful world?
The Bible calls it the Kingdom of God. In order to see that we do not need an operation. We need something bigger than that. The Bible says we need to be born again.
A man named Nicodemus came to see Jesus one night. He was a man who prayed, a man who tried to keep God’s law. Yet it seems he was not yet sure that he was in God’s kingdom. Jesus said this to him: “Unless a man is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God”. How could Nicodemus see the kingdom of God? He must be born again.
Let me try to explain what this all means.
To “see the kingdom of God” is something much better than seeing the beauties of this world. It means being part of the realm in which God reigns in perfect peace and happiness for ever. It is also called “having eternal life”.
It is a relationship with God that starts now, but continues after we die into a life where there is no suffering, no sadness, no fear and nothing bad.
It is a life where all the wrong things we have ever done are forgiven by God and never remembered any more. In the kingdom of God there is no jealousy, no revenge, no bad words, no disappointments and no death. Do you want to see that?
When we are born in this world, and begin to grow up, we are all sinners. We all do wrong. We are all selfish, we lie, we are envious, proud and unkind. Sin lives in us. We are on a road that leads to eternal punishment and misery. The road leads to hell itself.
God saw us in this situation and decided, in His love, to rescue us. So He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world. Jesus lived a perfect life, and then was put to death on a cross. On the cross he bore the punishment of our sins. He bore it all, and now, if we turn from our sins and trust in Him we can find forgiveness and eternal life.
But the problem is just that – how can we turn from our sins and trust in Jesus Christ? Our love for sin is very strong. The Bible says we are slaves of sin. We do not have the power in ourselves to turn to Jesus and trust in Him.
This is why Jesus says to Nicodemus that unless he is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Do you want to see the kingdom of God? Then you must be born again. There is no other starting place.
What does it mean to be born again?
It means a complete change in our lives And that change happens when God works in us. We cannot make ourselves born again. It is the work of God. We are completely dependent on Him.
So what must you do?
First recognize that, spiritually, you are blind and lost.
Acknowledge that this is your own fault because of the sin which you have willingly committed.
Acknowledge that you deserve God’s eternal punishment, and that there is nothing you can do to save yourself.
Then plead with God to open your eyes, to take away your spiritual blindness. Plead with Him to take away your sinful heart and give you a new heart.
Ask Him to give you new life – to make you born again. Only He can do that. And only when He does that will you be able to see the Kingdom of God.
Dear friends, this is very important indeed. It is the most important thing in life. Do not wait for a better day. Seek God’s help now.