Posted: May 22, 2010 in Jesus Christ
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There was a time when marriages of kings and queens were by arrangement.  This usually meant someone travelling to the court with an image or portrait of the attended.  The image in question was always better looking than the real thing.  Often when the two did meet it was just prior to the wedding.  The reality was never quite the same as the portrait.

Come unto me all who are heavy laden

Say a friend comes to your door with a present.  It’s a picture of your wife he says.  You eagerly open the parcel, tear away the paper and behold the image of your wife.  Disappointment shows on your face.  The picture is not of your wife.  The hair is longer, the feature different.  The eyes are not the same colour.  An argument quickly takes place.   Upon which you are politely reminded that you are narrow minded and should accept the picture as your wife.

Now such an example might quickly be dismissed as a piece of lunacy.  However how many post pictures of Jesus on their web sites and proclaim them as Jesus.  Now we might point to a Roman catholic church and accuse them of their statues.  Yet many in the name of Jesus use images of Jesus that simply do not represent any likeness of Jesus.

  • Lev 26:1 “Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up [any] image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I [am] the LORD your God.”

God commands us not to make images of God or bow down to worship that image.  Yet Jesus who is God is constantly drawn in imageries.  Many do not realise the the Bible actually forbids this.

Now as a Christian we have a love for Jesus.  That love will not allow another image that does not bare the real and true and genuine image of our saviour.  The church which is the bride of Christ will not accept any other representation of her beloved husband other than the true image of the one she loves.  The Bible does not give us an exact image of what Jesus looked like so there is no way we can draw him.  But the love we have for Christ will not be met with disappointment.

  • Mic 5:13 “Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands”

We can never create a picture of Jesus no matter how wonderful or creative the artist is.  For in such beauty men find themselves bowing down to its beauty.  But this is not the beauty that the Christian looks for.  While we may not have a description of his physical features we are nevertheless are given the description of who Jesus is and the beauty of his nature.

This is what attracts us to him.  We have never met Jesus and yet we can say with all honesty we love him.  We are the object of his love.

  • Phil 2: 5- 9 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:”

The glorious marriage feast

  • Rev 19:7 “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed [are] they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
  • Matt 8:11 “And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.”

One chapter ends and another begins.  The ingathering of all the redeemed throughout the ages.  Death and the grave could not hold them.  Now together they will enter into that heavenly banqueting feast. Glorified in heavenly resurrected bodies.  The lame made whole.  The blind see, the deaf hear, and the dumb speak.  The greatest love affair now consummated.

One shepherd

  • Eze 34: 23 “And I WILL SET UP ONE SHEPHERD OVER THEM, and he shall feed them, [even] my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.”
  • John10:14-16 “I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD, AND KNOW MY [sheep], and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and THERE SHALL BE ONE FOLD, [AND] ONE SHEPHERD”
  • Mat 25:32 “And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth [his] sheep from the goats:”

There is to be one shepherd over Gods covenant people.  He takes two different and incompatible people and makes them one.  There is to be one husband betrothed to one bride.  Whose glorious appearance will outshine the sun.  Will we know what he looks like?  OH yes for he will be like him.  Not as gods but in his nature.  Loving in our expression, Peaceful in our ways, Joyful in our praise, Patient and kind in our practice, Lovers of the truth, faithful in our walk, gentleness to one another, and overcomes.

The great gathering of the lambs into that one fold.  WE ARE THE OBJECT OF HIS LOVE AND HE BECOMES THE OBJECT OF OUR LOVE.

  1. james says:

    True love will never be satisfied with anything less than the real thing.

  2. Reblogged this on UC Ministries Blog and commented:

    The greatest love afffair in the history of this world

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