Breathing in the Resurrection: A light dawning

“Born again” is the term sometimes used by the Scriptures to refer to conversion (Jn 3:3; 1 Pet 1:3, 23). I used to think of being born again like a wall-switch being flipped on, and the room lighting up instantaneously. But as I look at my experiences in light of the Scriptures, I see more nuance (and beauty) in the Christian life.

Being “born again” is like the dawning of the sun. 

Imagine you are stumbling across the street in the early morning darkness, unaware of the cars coming straight at you, when suddenly, the sun peaks over the horizon! You are able to immediately spot the silhouette of oncoming traffic, and avert yourself before a fatal collision. In Christianity, we call this change of direction ”repenting.” But then something else happens. As the sun continues to rise, it emits more light, disintegrating shadows, and forming detail in the undistinguishable objects of nearby trees. By 7am, you are no longer being functional. In addition to walking the right direction, you are now being swept up in the beauty of your surroundings—the ocean waves, the kids wrestling in their front lawn, the birds flying…

You have moved from survival to delight.

Peter spoke of the divine inspiration of Scripture at the hands of God’s prophets, when he exhorted us to take them seriously, saying “…You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19, emphasis mine).

You were given life the moment you were born again, but this is only the beginning! Now He is teaching you how to breathe. A powerful and mysterious way of “breathing” is to read the Scriptures until the Jesus dawns in your heart. You may not understand every detail, but as you read them in faith, desiring to gain Christ, he will be found by you!

Enjoy Jesus.

About Lazo

Lazo is the pastor for preaching and vision at Reality SB. He is committed to spreading the worth of Jesus in Santa Barbara, through the expository preaching of God's Word. You might like these blog posts, 5 Wrong Ways To Comfort Hurting People or An Orthodoxy That Breathes

Posted on April 16, 2012, in discipleship, iPhoneography, worship and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I love this verse in Peter (and the photo)! It’s more stirring. Maybe this is similar to the process of healing the blind man in Mark 8:22-26. He went from blind, to seeing men as trees, to seeing all things clearly. There is a progression.

    Another verse I really like is Prov 4:18- “The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until the full day.” We shouldn’t be discouraged when we notice traces of darkness lingering within our heart. The path ahead is brighter!

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