The Image of Christ

What image comes to mind when you think of Jesus? Do you picture Him as being white, brown hair, blue eyes, a beard, and dressed in a robe that looks like a servant’s gown? Or, do you have a more majestic view of Him? Do you see Him as a King?

Most of us have grown up seeing portraits of Jesus as painted by European artists. If we haven’t grown up with those portraits, we’ve seen them at some time in our lives. He has been portrayed as a European rather than a Jew. When He walked this earth, He was of Jewish human heritage.

Of course, the human image He donned while walking this earth is not really who He is. He is far more than any human being could be. His heavenly being is beyond a human body. So, what does He really look like? Well, we are given an image of Him in Scripture.

Jesus is described as He is seen by John in the book of Revelation. This is His heavenly body, one that has been glorified by the Father. His glory comes from His obedience to the Father and on our behalf. He has existed from before time and exists outside of time. He was, is, and will be forever.

This is hard to wrap our minds around. We are used to seeing people in their human form and find it otherworldly to think of Him as He is described. Yet, He is otherworldly. He is not of this world. He came into the world from heaven and went back to heaven. Doesn’t it make sense that He would have a heavenly body? We are told there are heavenly and earthly bodies (1 Corinthians 15:40); and that our bodies will be transformed into heavenly bodies as well (Philippians 3:21).

As we look at the description of Jesus in His heavenly body, we should not look at Him in horror, but in awe of how amazing He is. We should see His majesty and His power. We should see the brightness of His being. We should see His wisdom and His justness. After all, He is the King of kings, Lord of lords, and Judge of all people. He is also our Lord and Savior. Should He not be someone we are in awe of?

I pray we all see Jesus for who He is. I pray we see Him as our Lord and Savior as well as the King of kings and Judge of all. I pray we see His compassion for each one of us and His tolerance of our faults. See Jesus for who really is. Submit to Jesus as the ultimate King. See Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Bow to worship Him. Obey His commands.

Revelation 1:12-16 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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