I came home and went online to find out about it and then to find a photo worthy of this extraordinary bronze statue, Born Again, by Dean Kermit Allison. This is the best I could find:
|Born Again by Dean Kermit Allison|
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” ~ John 3:3
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. ~ II Corth. 5:17
Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. ~ Romans 6:6-7
Wherefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. ~ Phil 2:12I can look at this statue in one of a few ways:
- The man is struggling with his own flesh. Trying with all his might to rid himself of his sins; to make himself worthy of the glorious God that resides within him. Little does he know that it is only be the grace of God are we saved from our sins. It is a gift. There is nothing I can do to earn God's gift of salvation; and we don't have to "clean" ourselves up to be worthy. Without The Grace that covers our lives, none of us are worthy.
- The man is born again and "working out his own salvation with fear and trembling".
- The new creation is emerging - shedding the "old man".
Please share what you see as you mediate on this statue.
Because of Him and Unto Him,