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Jesus in My Image

The other day I came across a series of products.  They were figurines of Jesus. One was a soccer Jesus.  One was a skate boarding Jesus.  There was also a “homie” Jesus.  In fact it seemed you can have Jesus any way you wanted Him.  I’m not sure how many of these figurines actually sold, but it did remind me of a common struggle people have.

You see we all want to make Jesus in our own image.  We want Jesus to like the things we like and to do the things we would do. We make Jesus condemn the activities we would condemn.  Of course Jesus will also affirm and support the activities that we do. Everyone gets a tailor made Jesus.

The problem with this is that we have no right.  Jesus was a real person.  He was truly flesh.  God came among us and revealed Himself.  We have no right to make Jesus into some image that better fits what we like (in fact I do believe we have a commandment against creating images of God).  Instead we should look to the Scriptures that reveal to us the true Jesus and live that out.  We must remember Jesus does not submit to our image, we submit to His!

Father,

We like to make Jesus like us.  Help us to make ourselves like Jesus.  Help us today to live our lives to the glory of the Son, the One who revealed you.

Through Your Son,

Amen

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5 Comments

  1. Carolyn Mullins

    October 21, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Hi Wes! Great article. The title sure caught my attention. I couldn’t imaging where you were going with it. Excellent points. (PS the taylor needs to be spelled “tailor”, as in a person that constructs clothing, hence the term “tailor made”, not like we have to buy–off the rack. 😉

  2. Wesley

    October 21, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Thanks Grandma Carolyn. If I were someone who was a little more mean spirited I might refer you to my very first post on noticing grammar mistakes :).

    I do think we might Jesus think like us and need to guard against it often.

  3. This reminds me a lot of the book Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos. It’s a humorous book that makes us rethink our own view of Jesus just as you mentioned.

  4. Wesley

    October 21, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    I haven’t read that one Paddy. But I do agree that all of us need to be aware of the tendency to make Jesus like us.

  5. Good write up Wesley. You are right in Exodus 20 V 4 and 5 the Lord commanded we not make any image of any likeness of anything in Heaven, earth or sea and bow down to it. That would include a statue of Jesus (image of something in Heaven) and kneeling at it’s feet.

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