Which is the True Image?

When I saw the picture on the right posted as “The Best Image of Eclipse 2017” on Facebook Wednesday, I was impressed. When I went back to share it on Thursday, it was no longer there. When I searched Google, I understood why.

Neither of these are a true image of the 2017 eclipse. Brandon, the designer created his own image in 2011 and posted on Devianart. Someone copied the image and turned it so that the light appeared as a cross and posted it on Facebook.

True Image of Christ
This reminded me of all the images of Christ that have appeared throughout many generations. Yet, none of them are the same. Some are embarrassing and blasphemous. There are none that I care to look at. He remains but a silhouette until I see Him face to face.There were no paintings of Him by anyone who saw Him in the flesh. There were no cameras.

Who has a true image of Jesus Christ?

There are as many images conjured up in our own minds as there are painted.

How do we know a true Christian when we see one?

Paul speaks to the church in Corinth of false apostles.

And what I am doing I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.  And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.”  2 Corinthians 11:12-15

There are those who have claimed to be Christ. Jesus warned His disciples that there would be false prophets.

Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look,
here is the Christ!’or
‘There he is!’ do not believe it.
Matthew 24:23

Dear Father in heaven, give us wisdom to know you and your Son as our Lord and Savior. Keep us from those who are impostors. So fill us with your Spirit and your Word that we can recognize the false images of Christ. Make us true image bearers. Enable us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ so as to share His true image with others ~ for your glory. In His name, I pray. Amen.

8 thoughts on “Which is the True Image?

  1. I saw that same image Fran sent to me by a fellow blogger who was as impressed by it as I was…sadly an imposter.
    So you are most wise in your counsel—that it would behoove us to remember that many will come in His name who are actually wolves in sheep’s clothing…..

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  2. Thanks for this, Frances. I remember when I lived in New Mexico. Sometime in the late 1980s some women made headlines claiming she saw the face of Jesus in a tortilla. What was sad was that hundreds of people drove to her small town to see the tortilla. How preposterous. You said it best: “There are none that I care to look at. He remains but a silhouette until I see Him face to face.”

    Amen to that!

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  3. Matthew 24:24 “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” Key words “if possible” amazing how timely the words of our Lord are. Thank you Fran.

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  4. Fantastic advice! One of my kids once asked how they would know if God spoke to them. I told them the key to recognizing His voice is to spend time getting to know who He is through His word and prayer. But you are right – it requires that He provide us with discernment as well. Amen!

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