Wednesday April 7, 2021
Today’s Scripture: Colossians 1:15-17
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
16 for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
I love maps. I could spend hours just exploring Google Earth – and yes, I have actually spent hours just exploring Google Earth. If a place is mentioned in a TV show or newscast I am watching, I will inevitably go online and check it out on the map.
But as good as maps are – they don’t tell the who picture. Even “Street View” has its limitations. To really experience a place, you have to see it with your own eyes. You have to see the visible image of the thing that, until that point, just existed in your head.
Seeing Christ is NOT like looking at a map. It’s more like seeing a place with your own eyes after previously only looking at a map. What’s more, when we see Christ, we see God – not a map to God. Jesus was very clear about this with his disciples. “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” (John 14) In other words “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.”
We can read and memorize all the scripture we are able. We can become experts in Biblical languages and Biblical history. We can attend every worship service, go to every Bible study, sing every praise song. All of those things are good. All of those things point us to God and help us worship God and understand God. They are in essence the map to God.
But Christ is God. The very visible image of God.
This season of Easter reminds us that Christ is here with us now. He is not dead. He is not far away. He is not removed from our lives. And he is the visible image of the invisible God. Our call is to open ourselves to him – to invite him in – to begin tuning our spirit to his spirit. We do this because when we experience Christ, we experience God.
Today pray a simple prayer. Jesus, show me yourself today. I wonder what you’ll see?
God thank you for the risen Christ. May we see him this day and everyday. Remind us that seeing Christ is seeing you.
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