The Image

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“God created humankind in his image…male and female he created them. “ Genesis 1:27

We are bombarded with many images in our day to day existence on this earth. They come at us from all sides—a continuous stream. We see the sky, the clouds, the waterfall; the precious little face of a child, the bird in flight just to name a few. If asked to describe what we see, it seems our words cannot do them justice.

The question is have you seen God? You might answer, “No one can see God!” Well then, have you seen Jesus? Again your answer might be “No. How can I see Jesus?” Well, I want to tell you I have seen Jesus—in the face of a baby reaching out to hold her parents hands and then closing her eyes in prayer.

Many paintings have been made of the face of Jesus. He may or may not look like those paintings. But, I want to tell you it really doesn’t matter, because when you look in the eyes of a believer you have seen Jesus. God created humankind, male and female, in His image, therefore all humankind—you and me–are the image of God.

Our sin distorts and makes it impossible for others to see Jesus in us. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden they became unable to see the beauty of each other from the inside. All they saw was their nakedness. Now, I’m not saying that once you become a believer and obey God’s word you can walk around in the nude! What I am saying is it doesn’t matter what the outside of you looks like, for everything is beautiful in the sight of the Lord. The glow from within will be all someone will be able to see.

We are made white as snow by the washing of the blood of Jesus. He sacrificed his humanity because of the love God has for us. God made us in His own image. God suggested that “we make humankind in our own image.” (Genesis1:26) The words “we” and “our” suggest that someone else was with Him. That someone else was Jesus and the Holy Spirit. God spoke to Moses and the Prophets. Jesus was born and lived, died, and rose again. The Holy Spirit continues God’s work in us for Jesus and he would not leave us comfortless, but would send the Comforter known otherwise as the Holy Spirit. The Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all part of the Godhead that lives and reigns in you and me and comes to life when we turn from our wicked ways, asking forgiveness of our sin, and obey God’s word. Then the image of God can be seen through your words and actions.

Think about the times you have seen God. Then commit yourself to live the life in which others may see the image of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in you.

When we all get to heaven we will see Jesus, meanwhile we can see his image in each other here on earth.

 

Dear Lord, make me the person you created me to be. May I live that others may see Your image in me. In Jesus’s name I pray. AMEN

Genesis 1:26, 27   Ephesians 4:24   Colossians 3:10   Mark 10:6

 Matthew 19:4

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Betty Beach-Connell

Retired UM pastor now author. I have published 2 books--Embracing The Call (God will take you to places you never imagined) and Through the Storm ("Medications" for the soul). You may visit and read more about me on my web site RevBetty.com.

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