The Creation/Creator Metaphor: Mosaic

Posted: May 31, 2014 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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1990IstAghiaSofiaChrisPantMosaicNo discussion of the Creator/creation/Potter/clay would be complete without looking at a mosaic. Hundreds of broken pieces, shattered seemingly beyond repair brought together to make something beautiful. It’s a nearly perfect image of the church. Sin wreaks havoc on our world and shatters our lives and then something wonderful happens. We come to Christ and He welcomes us and makes us a part of something bigger than ourselves, something beautiful. A beautiful mosaic called the Church. He brings us together and tasks us with being His body, His ambassadors, a beautiful image of Christ for the world to see.

Mosaics are tough. Lots of rough edges, lots of brokenness, lots of things that would make most people wonder if it is worthwhile. Why not just throw it away and start over with something new? A lot of people feel that way about the church too, and many throw it away. In the process they miss the point. All those broken pieces, submitted to the hands of a master artist, become wonderful. He painstakingly smooths the edges or makes them fit until they become exactly what he intended. He works with the pieces and restores them, uniting them not just in wholeness but in beauty. That’s what Jesus does for His church. He makes the broken whole and beautiful as part of something much bigger than anyone of us could be on our own.

Hebrews 10:25 says (Let us) not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Bring your brokenness to the local church and to the Master artist and become part of something big and beautiful.

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