John 3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; 2this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” 3Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is BORN AGAIN he cannot SEE the kingdom of God.
Mark 8:22 And they came to Bethsaida. And they brought a blind man to Jesus and implored Him to touch him. 23 Taking the blind man by the hand, He brought him out of the village; and after spitting on his eyes and laying His hands on him, He asked him, “Do you see anything?” 24 And he looked up and said, “I see men, for I see them like trees, walking around.” 25 Then again He laid His hands on his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and began to see everything clearly. 26 And He sent him to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.”
What is the New Birth? The New Birth is the person of Jesus Christ. When we believe, Christ will take us in and through Himself: into a New land. Like the man illustrated in Mark 8:22-26, He will lead us by the hand and bring us out. He will take us out of the man-made village (the realm of the self-centeredness), out of Egypt (the realm of the world, the flesh, and the devil), out of Babylon (the realm of religion), out of human-made systems and structures, the old creation, the old man. On our behalf, our Redemption, Christ, was taken out of the old Jerusalem (the city of religion) and crucified. He was taken outside the city and into the wilderness, the city dump, the place of dying, the place of crucifixion, the place of laying aside, the place of ground zero. And, in the crucifixion process, Christ was spat upon.
In Mark 8:22-26, we see how God brings us out of the village, out of the old adam, the old creation: to and through the cross and into resurrection: into the New Adam, the New creation, the New land. After the man’s eyes were spat upon (a picture of the cross), and Jesus laid His hands on him (a picture of the resurrection): the man could see. In that New land, He asks, “do you see anything?” What was the first thing the man saw? He saw the New humanity. He saw “men walking as trees.” He saw the eternal purpose. This is a picture of Christ in humanity; the New humanity bearing the image of God: a corporate New man. Trees are a picture of the triune God. But, a revelation of Christ in you is just the beginning of the adventure…
The New life in the New creation is a land overflowing: a life-long adventure of learning and exploring the vastness of Him. So next we see, “… He laid His hands on his eyes.” As we “look intently,” beholding Him again and again and again and again, through the New eyes of the New man inside the New creation, the New humanity, we experience His veil-removing transformations, and we “begin to see everything clearly.” He will “restore” all things to Christ. He does the work. He is the author and finisher of our faith.
“Restoration” begins with Christ and ends with Christ. It begins with the cross (Christ) and continues with Christ. As we behold Him, in the twinkling of a New eye, we are instantly “home” in Him, seated in heavenly places, resting in Him. His Spirit in the New life sustains us in the higher realm, up and away from “the village” of the old creation, never to return. Our New Birth into the New creation is our New “home.” And, from that window of the New home, through our New eyes, we can see the New land: we can “SEE the kingdom of God.”