by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 8/28/14

You are made in the image of God…simply mind blowing. Most mornings when I look in the mirror, I struggle to see the image of me clearly, much less the image of God. Consider these words from Genesis:
“Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’ So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth’”(Genesis 1:26-28).
Made in the image of God! Maybe we need a better reflection than the mirror each morning to see or to discern the image of God in our lives and in the lives of the people we see. This is why theologians need artists, in my opinion. We need artists to show us more than pretty paintings. We need artists to show us a new way of interpreting the world.
Have you ever looked at an impressionist painting, like Monet’s Water Lilies and the Japanese Bridge, and wondered about how all those smudges taken together create a larger image? Have you ever considered how Georges-Pierre Seurat’s pointillism with its thousands of dots come together to create a realistic image? The latest technique to catch my eye is photorealism. The style emerged as a resistance to the abstract styles. Artists, such as Chuck Close, a severely paralyzed artist, employ photographs and projectors in this approach in an attempt to amplify reality. These images are hyper realistic…more real than real.
This week we will consider the call of the cross. It is an image that reminds us of the realism of the humanity of God in Jesus. It is gritty, heartbreaking, and real. Considering the image of the cross, we learn what it means to be reborn in the image of God.
Seeing this image can help us see what it means to be cross bearers. Can you see the life to which God is calling you?