Good Morning December 9

We’ve had a TV production company working at our church for the past two days. They liked the setting and wanted to use it for a true story they are recreating. The actual incident happened many hundreds of mile away in a church of a completely different denomination. It will be an interesting drama, but it struck me as they changed the sets, going from room to room, everything was false. Everything was made to look like the real, but it was not. Of course, that’s what TV and films do. They try to represent the real, but are only a poor image of the real. The point of a good image, however, is to stir the viewer to look for the real behind it. I remember seeing the film Braveheart years ago. It was the portrayal William Wallace a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots against King Edward I of England. I went home and dug a bit into the history of the era to see what was true.The better the portrayal the more truth that is conveyed. God desires that we know Him, that we see and understand His nature, yet He is spirit and apart from us. How can we? We can in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus “is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature.”(1:3) Jesus says of Himself, “anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”(John 14:9) The more we see of this perfect image, the more we want to be drawn into the perfect beauty and goodness of His life.