Jesus is the image of God realized.
Genesis 3 tells us of how sin entered into the world & broke the image of God within us. Sin distorts the way that we relate to God & others in the world. Because of this we all have a longing for what God has created us for. There is a longing within all of us to fix ourselves. What do you look to in hopes that it will fix you or make you better?
We live in a self-help culture. Our culture tells us that if we think positively & change our perspective, everything will get better. We all have a desire for something or someone to show us who we are supposed to be. Are you aware of your need for change? What are you letting inform your thoughts about who and/or what you are supposed to be?
Jesus became man in order to please God in a way that we never could. The gospel is counter-cultural in that God does not give us a list of “how-to’s”. He gave us Jesus. He gave us himself. Jesus is what we are supposed to look like. Pastor Steven rightly said, “Jesus took on flesh, became like us in every way, as God’s final message to us: the one you have been waiting for is finally here.”
Father, we long to to be like you, long for holiness, long for union with you and knowledge of your will. Lord, give us more of your likeness. Holy Spirit, we ask that you do your work in giving us an awareness
and hatred for our sin. So that we can look more like Jesus.
"All I Have Is Christ"
Sovereign Grace Music
Jesus is the image of God rightly lived.
Colossians 1:15 tells us that Jesus is the image of the invisible God. In his humanity, like us, he made in the image of God. This is why Hebrews 4:15 says that Jesus is able to sympathize with out weakness and in every respect has been tempted as we are. However, he was without sin. He was the Image of God rightly lived. When you are weak, tempted, and in despair do you draw near to Jesus? Be encouraged, he sympathizes with you.
A life lived in the image of God is lived in perfect union with God. Jesus loved his father. He was devoted and committed to him and he delighted to be with him. We see many times in scripture that Jesus’ goes away from the hustle and bustle of life to be alone with his father. We are given a picture of a son who is eager to hang out with his dad. Ephesians 2:18 tells us that in Christ we are able to approach the father in the same way. As sons and daughters. Do you find delight in being with God? What keeps you from approaching the father as a son or daughter?
Jesus trusted the father. In John 6:38 Jesus says he has come to do the will of the father. He trusted that the will of the father was for his and our good. Trust leads to obedience. Think of Jesus’ words in John 14:15. Jesus did the will of the father because he loved and trusted him. We will always do what we love most and what we think gives us the greatest joy. Consider together the goodness of God’s will. Compare the riches found in obedience to God to the fleeting satisfaction we find in our sin.
Father, make us hate that which grieves you, shun the careless way of life, rebuke evil, to be gentle and patient towards all men, to be not only a student but an doer of the gospel. Help us to walk as Jesus walked. He is our perfect example. Give us strength to draw near to Jesus in our weakness and to have
confidence to approach you in prayer as sons and daughters.
"Everything And Nothing Less"
Austin Stone Worship
Jesus is the image of God redeemed.
In Sunday’s sermon Pastor Steven said, “when we look at Jesus as the perfect image bearer, we see that we don’t need an example. We need a substitute.” When we look to Jesus as our example of who we should be we are aware of how incapable we are to do that. Thanks be to God he did not leave us to merely look at his perfect image. He provided a way for the image to be restored in us. Jesus gave his life as a substitute for our sinful one. How often do you remind yourself of this? Do you rely on your own strength to live up to the standard or on the strength of the Holy Spirit to work in you?
Jesus is still redeeming us into the image of God. Since he is our substitute we can look to him confidently as our example and by the Holy Spirit we are being transformed and restored. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says, "And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” Notice in the passage how we are being transformed. It says it is by beholding the glory of the Lord. The image of God is redeemed in us by beholding the glory of God. What are you beholding in your life? What image are you bearing? Believer, taste and see that the Lord is good. Find your satisfaction in Christ and his unfailing love for you.
Father we praise you for giving us Jesus as our substitute. We thank you that in him you are restoring your image in us. Father, by your Holy Spirit give us constant awareness of the gospel and give us help to look to Jesus confidently as our example. Help us to behold your glory so that we may be transformed into your image. We acknowledge that all sin is in us. May we know that all good is in you.Make us to be poor in spirit and help us to find our treasure in Christ.
"Hallelujah What A Savior"
Austin Stone Worship