Pictures of Jesus

Posted: June 7, 2021 in Uncategorized

I have a presentation I love to do and, due to COVID, I haven’t done it in over a year. I call it pictures of Jesus. In the course of the evening I create five different portraits of Jesus. One is really “on the nose” and realistic, or as realistic as you can be when you paint someone for which there are no photographs and such. Two are symbolic and the last one is part of a drama piece. In the middle is my testimony piece, in which I share what Jesus has done for me. I’ve likely done this two hour presentation close to 100 times, and it is beyond a doubt my favorite. (I’d love to bring it to your church, so if you’re interested, contact me.)

The thing is, like many of my presentations, there is more than meets the eye. In truth, as referenced above, I don’t really know what Jesus looked like. I have some ideas based on the likely millions of artists who have painted Him, but even the greatest of those artists lived many centuries after Jesus, became flesh and made His dwelling among us, but pictures of Jesus is more than pictures of Jesus.

Think about it. the Bible tells us that we were created His image. Further it informs us that we are called to be His representatives—His ambassadors if you will. What this means is both really cool and a little intimidating. What it means is to the rest of the world, those of us who claim the name of Christ, are pictures of Jesus. We represent Him to an unbelieving world that desperately needs Him. How we represent Jesus with our lives matters in huge ways.

If you are a Christian, like it or not, you are a picture of Jesus to the rest of the world. What kind of Jesus do people see when they look at you?

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