My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
(Colossians 1:15 NASB)
He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the
firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first
place in everything.
(Colossians 1:18 NASB)
For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him,
(Colossians 1:19 NASB)
and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
(Colossians 1:20 NASB)
We tend to throw around the terms "image" and "likeness" from time
to time but it is in this letter to the Colossians that it is made
abundantly clear that THE image is Jesus Christ. God sent His son to be
the visible image of the invisible God. This is THE image that we are
to be reflecting to the world around us. The visible representation of
God is seen as the head of the Church. Today, we may feel that the
"Bride of Christ" suffers from some warts and age spots, and yet, the
Church serves a special and unique role as His bride. Jesus is the
groom who lovingly awaits His bride. Shouldn't we be lovingly caring
for and preparing His bride for the wedding day which lies ahead?
Shouldn't the bride be a reflection of THE image as well?
Christ is THE
image of all things -- for all creation, visible and invisible is found
in Him. He is also the first one who was physically born to be
resurrected into the new future which God, in Christ, is preparing for
all of us. In this way the future is already here, and yet, not
completely. As His "image bearers," we are to be a reflection of
the future hope of the Kingdom of God in this world today.
The hope of Jesus Christ which is found in THE image is what the
world needs so desperately. The words "peace" and "reconciliation"
resound in my ears. What would it be like if we, His "image bearers"
were reflecting His peace and reconciliation to the world around us?
Would that make a difference today in the mall, on the road, or in the
office? As His followers, we are to seek His face, and if we keep our
face turned toward His face, we will be a reflection of THE image to the
world. In ancient Greek understanding the reflection was much more
than just skin deep. The reflection represented a "real" change of the
object that was reflecting the original image. That must be true for us
as well. We are to be a reflection of THE image but we are to be
genuinely changed, ourselves. So today, THE image is also to reside in
our homes, bringing peace and reconciliation to hurt and broken
relationships. If this were true, if all of Christianity were to be a
reflection of THE image, the world would be dramatically changed. It is
the challenge to all Christ followers, to seek His face and be His
"image bearers" to the world!
Lord, may I seek Your face day and night and help me to be Your image bearer this day. Amen.