Image of God

Have you ever wondered what God looks like? Do you have an image of him in your head? Does that image look a lot like father time? Ever wonder why you were created? Have you wondered why anything was created?

If we have been in the church for any significant amount of time, you have likely seen depictions of God the Father and God the Son. Those images will look dramatically different. One is looks more like a grandfather and the other like a man in his prime years.

Though none of us know with any certainty what God the Father looks like, we have a better idea of what Jesus might look like. He was born as a Jew. He likely had dark hair, olive skin, and physical features of a Jewish man. At the time He was born, He probably only grew to be a little more than five feet tall, as that was the average height of a Jewish man in the first century.

When the Apostle Paul says that Jesus is the image of God, he is not talking about the physical features. Paul is telling us of His compassion, grace, mercy, and love. He is telling us about how Jesus interacted and treated other people. The physical features are irrelevant.

Paul also tells us of the power of the Son. He states that all things were created through Him and for Him. That means that each one of us were created through the Son and each one of us were created for Him. You want to know your purpose? It is to honor and serve Jesus. He has authority over you and every other person created.

I pray we all see Jesus as the image of God. I pray we recognize Him as the Creator of all things. I pray each one of us will choose to honor and serve Jesus, recognizing His authority. See Jesus for who He is. Recognize Jesus’ authority. Honor Jesus. Serve Jesus. Know that He created you.

Colossians 1:15-16 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

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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