I spent a few days last week planning some advertising and some new signs for our Church. I wanted to find the right picture that spoke the right message about who we are and what we offer. I wanted something bright, hopeful and attractive, a picture that would make people want to think about what was being offered.
If you had to sum up yourself in a single picture what would it be?
Would it be a picture when you were ‘dressed to the nines’ or when you were relaxed and sitting on the lounge at home?
Would it be a caricature highlighting something out of your personality or would it be a serious portrait demonstrating your finer qualities?
Would it be a ‘LOL Cats’ photo or a picture of a classic car or motorcycle?
Would it be a Sunrise or a Sunset?
Would it feature the colour blue or red?
Whether we like it or not we seem to spend a lot of our time planning how others will view us. We dress in certain ways, we cut our hair in certain styles, some of us wear earrings and piercings, and others have tattoos. We try to project an image of who we are and what is important to us. Some are more focussed upon this than others but we all do it – we all view ourselves in a certain way and would like others to see it.
There have been are many pictures and depictions of Jesus throughout the centuries. Some show Him with blue eyes and blond hair, others show Him surrounded by His disciples or carrying a lamb between His shoulders. Some focus upon His face, others focus upon His supposed ‘halo’, others try to capture the wonder of His miracles or His healings… but have you ever stopped to think about what picture or image Jesus Himself would choose?
There is one image that stands out above all others, it has been found in catacombs of the 1st Century and in Churches throughout the generations, it has been embroidered on garments and painted upon the side of buildings, it has been worn as jewellery and it is a sign which brings comfort and hope.
The image He chose is the plain, simple and unadorned Cross.
“the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18